- A versatile performer who keeps his audience laughing aloud while dazzling them with his dexterity
Thus begins the performance of a gifted man who is, more than just a juggler, a versatile performer who keeps his audience laughing aloud while dazzling them with his dexterity. Whether performing on national television, the nightclub circuit, or the live stage, where he has been featured in the successful production of Sugar Babies, Michael Davis is always one thing: very, very funny.
Best known as “that funny juggler from Saturday Night Live,” Michael is more aptly described as a comedian who uses juggling to punctuate his unique brand of humor.
Michael’s creative efforts began early. While still in high school, he was a published poet and subsequently won the school acting award. In the early ’70s, Michael found himself intrigued with the art of clowning, and was one of 50 students handpicked from over 2,000 applicants to attend Clown College. Upon graduation, he was one of 13 to land a job as a clown with the Ringling Brothers Circus.
He continued to hold the crowds and established a fast-growing word-of-mouth reputation as something special. He stayed on the streets for three years, receiving various offers to perform (“All you need in show business are two or three hundred good breaks,” says Michael), and next branched out to perform at conventions, fundraisers, and local nightclubs.
The Young Comedian’s Show, his first major television appearance. Next came Broadway Follies. Said a New York Times critic of Michael’s performance, “I was as close as I have ever been to rolling in an aisle with laughter.” Sugar Babies followed, and soon his notices brought him to the attention of Saturday Night Live’s producers.
He has been honored by his peers with a Drama Desk Nomination and a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in Sugar Babies.
Citing Jack Benny, Fred Allen, and Charlie Chaplin as his greatest comedic influences, Michael best appreciates humor that he can perform for any audience, a type of “new vaudeville.”