2004 Graduate Featured on Comedy Central"s "The Half Hour"

May 10, 2012

Michael Palascak, 29, a 2004 graduate of Xavier University will be one of twelve comedians featured on the premiere of Comedy Central’s new show The Half Hour. The two-episode premiere is tomorrow, Friday, May 11 at 11/10c and 11:30/10:30c. He appears at 11:30 local time. A sample of Palascak’s comedy is at http://comedians.jokes.com/michael-palascak

After moving around during his early years, Palascak ended up in Wabash, Indiana --"The First Electrically Lighted City in the World." He made his television debut on WGN at the age of 9, appearing on “The Bozo Show,” where he was Large Boot Relay Team Blue Runner-up.

He attended Xavier University, earning an English degree magna cum laude. After college, he moved to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy and living at home with his parents.

Most recently he appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman.” This past summer he debuted on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and performed at the TBS LOL Lounge in the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Chicago. He also has performed at Caesar's Palace in The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and was the winner of HBO's Lucky 21 Stand-Up Contest. Palascak won the Chicago region of Comedy Central's "Open Mic Fight" and went on to make his Comedy Central debut on "Live at Gotham."

He took sketch and improv classes at The Second City in Chicago, IO and Annoyance. In Chicago, he launched his one-person sketch show -- "Pursuing Happiness" -- "...a bunch of scenes about people that moved out of their parents' house, got a real job and got married performed by a guy who didn't."

He connects to the youthful innocence in everyone as he tells his stories onstage. From growing up in a small town to buying his first car, hi's stories allow everyone to laugh a lot. Audience members quotes: "Really good job," "...funnier than Cosby or Seinfeld..." and "You're just like my son."