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Spike Feresten Biography

Birth Name:
Michael Feresten
Birth Place:
West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, United States
Profession
Writer, actor, producer, talk-show host

Fast Facts

  • Pursued comedy writing after being evicted from his college dorm for dropping fluorescent light bulbs out of a window just to watch them shatter on the sidewalk and then later seeing David Letterman perform the same stunt on TV
  • Passed jokes to Dennis Miller while working as a receptionist for Saturday Night Live
  • Nicknamed Spike while at SNL because of his spiked hair
  • Wrote for David Letterman for five years
  • Wrote "The Soup Nazi" episode of Seinfeld
  • Hosted his own talk show on Fox for three seasons (2006-2009)

Awards

  • 1998Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1997Emmy-Outstanding Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1992Emmy-Outstanding Individual Achievement in Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated
  • 1991Emmy-Outstanding Writing in a Variety or Music Program: nominated

Relationships

  • Michael Feresten -- Father
  • Mary Jo Feresten -- Mother
  • Jack Henry Feresten -- Son
  • James Michael Feresten -- Son
  • Erika Marie Gabaldon Feresten -- Wife