Comedian, Emmy-nominated TV writer and ex-Communications Director for Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)
Mike Larsen has found success in three highly competitive fields – television, politics and stand-up comedy. He received Emmy and Writer’s Guild Award nominations for writing on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, has written speeches for progressive politicians, and made multiple appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
After years touring the country as a stand up comic, Mike broke into television writing with a job on ABC’s Grace Under Fire. Since then, Mike has written on Real Time with Bill Maher, Two Guys & a Girl, Ellen, The Drew Carey Show, Rodney, Reba, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Whoopi. He’s sold pilots to ABC, CBS, FOX, The Disney Channel and the BBC and served as Executive Producer and show runner on the acclaimed kids show Crash & Bernstein.
In 2008, Mike took a sabbatical from television to return to politics when he was recruited by newly-elected Congresswoman Jackie Speier to help set up her office. He served as Congresswoman Speier’s Communications Director, managing her message strategy, writing speeches and op-eds, and working on healthcare legislation, financial reform and consumer protection. Mike’s most rewarding experience, though, was working with survivors of military sexual assault to help them tell their stories in their own words.
While Mike’s principal work is writing and running television comedies, he continues to consult on political campaigns and was an Adjunct Professor at Woodbury University. In his free time, he mentors inmate writers at San Quentin State Prison and wrote the foreword to their 2016 Brothers in Pen Anthology.