Xavier alumnus Michael Palascak, 29, was one of 12 comedians featured on the premiere of Comedy Central’s new show "The Half Hour" on Friday, May 11. Palascak appeared in the second of two episodes at 11:30 p.m.
Palascak made his television debut on WGN at the age of 9, appearing on “The Bozo Show,” according to his bio on the Comedy Central website. After graduating from Xavier, he moved to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy while living at home with his parents.
He took sketch and improv classes at The Second City in Chicago and launched his one-person sketch show, "Pursuing Happiness," which he describes as "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."
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 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, his stories allow everyone to laugh.
Palascak's performance on "The Half Hour" show can be viewed on the Comedy Central website. More samples of his comedy can be viewed online. Palascak also was featured in the Summer 2010 issue of Xavier magazine.