Michael recently had the great opportunity to move on to a new chapter in his story.
We congratulate him, and his wife, on their wonderful new adventure. And look forward to seeing him with whatever new improv group he takes over! • The dram-rom version of Michael's bio: Michael's long, clandestine career in the KGB led him to improvisational comedy. Deep cover in the capitals of Europe and a decade in the Siberian wasteland positioned him very well for a 'yes, and' world. Intrigue? Always. Loneliness? Sometimes. Torture? Seldom. Take care as you observe his catlike movements and Gollum-esque obsession with love, art, human pain and joy. Little will you know of him midst the shadows and silences of the stage, but perhaps his cold warrior mentality will make you long for the pre-Gorbachev days of wine, roses, and smoking guns. • And now the more serious: Michael got started with improv in misty 1980s Berkeley. He loved the art form so much that he didn't do it again until 2010 in San Ramon. Clearly an homage to the notion of original sin. Now, between cups of Peet's coffee, sunny days on the golf course, or hanging out at the Oakland Coliseum lamenting his poor A's, you can find Michael mining the deeper recesses of his mind on stage at Dougherty Center.