Michael J. Ewing (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) was born in Neptune (NJ) and grew up on the rough streets of suburban Philadelphia. (They were not.) His first taste of performing was playing Big Bird for two summers at Sesame Place. But it took him nearly another ten years before he decided to pursue acting as a dedicated passion.

He has since appeared onstage with Lee Meriwether, played James Joyce in Ireland, and been on the teevee a few times. But his favorite projects have been original collaborations, often with his old improv partner, Dennis DiClaudio, author of "A Pleasant Evening Out," and most recently with Tom Bastek.

He's had a peripatetic improv career, starting in Philly with Next Line Comedy Theatre, then NYC where he studied at UCB, Magnet, and The PIT, before moving to Mississippi to teach and direct at the university level in 2011. He moved to Atlanta in the fall of 2016. In addition to his Village gigs, he's also a member of several independent improv teams, including: Channel Surfers, Ride Share, McClutzkey & Sturgill, and Noir: Improvised Mystery.

He's only been put in a straitjacket once.