Michael Joyce was born in a small town just east of Cleveland, OH. The son of best-case-scenario Irish Catholic parents and the youngest of four children, his favorite childhood pastime was cracking up attendees at the nightly, mandatory Joyce family dinners.
He snuck off to do his first open mic at Wiley’s Comedy Club while attending the University of Dayton. Following his graduation Michael moved to Chicago, IL where he resided for seven years and acquired his stand-up comedy education in the back rooms, basements and comedy clubs of the Windy City and Midwest. Drawing from his upbringing, married life, a steady diet of hip-hop music and light-narcotics followed by shameful candy binges, Michael honed his comedic voice by performing endlessly in front of the diverse crowds that were available to him.
Michael has been featured in TimeOut Chicago, the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye, appeared in the Laugh Track Comedy festival in Denver, Cleveland Comedy Festival, World Series of Comedy and was a “Best of Fest” finalist at the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival. Michael has opened for numerous nationally touring acts including Michael Palascak, Beth Stelling, Hannibal Buress and John Roy. Michael currently lives in New York City and works for mental_floss magazine.