Comedian and co-writer and co-illustrator of Ha Ha History:
The First History Book You’ll Want to Read!
This week, Ira spoke with comedian Mike Morse, co-writer and co-illustrator of Ha Ha History: The First History Book You’ll Want to Read! In this Hastoric episode of Ira’s Everything Bagel, Mike talks about his career in performing and writing comedy; why he joined Neil Berliner, Joey Novick, Ron Beau Phillips, and Mike Crumbs in creating a book about history that’s funny; who influenced him most in the world of comedy; why humor is important; and his current work on several popular podcasts.
As a comedian, Mike has headlined at countless clubs, theaters, and colleges around the country. For eight years he was the opening act for the notorious Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli, and performed with her at venues such as The Beacon Theater and Apollo Theater in NYC, the Borgata Event Center in Atlantic City, the Wilbur Theater in Boston, the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and the Chicago Theater in Chicago.
As a joke writer, he’s created material for many TV and radio shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Howard Stern Show, and The Comedy Central Roasts of Flavor Flav, Donald Trump, Bob Saget, Larry The Cable Guy, and David Hasselhoff. His material has been seen on CBS, NBC, ABC, HBO, ESPN2, A&E, AXS TV, and MTV, and his jokes were included in the popular book The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Jokes.
He’s written special material for many well-known comedians and personalities, including Howard Stern, Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy, Lisa Lampanelli, Robert DeNiro, Jeffrey Ross, Artie Lange, Wayne Brady, Ed Asner, and Gilbert Gottfried.