About Michael Herbert Schur
Michael is an American television producer and writer, best known for his work on the NBC comedy series The Office and Parks and Recreation, the latter of which he co-created along with Greg Daniels. Schur is also known for his role on The Office as Mose Schrute, the cousin of Dwight Schrute, who is played by Rainn Wilson. He is also the former writer/producer of the "Weekend Update" segment of Saturday Night Live.
Schur was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan to Warren "Kip" Schur and Anne Herbert, and was raised in West Hartford, Connecticut. He first became interested in comedy when he was 11 years old, when he read Without Feathers, a 1975 collection of humorous essays by Woody Allen. Schur said he found the book on his father's bookshelf and stayed up reading it until 4 a.m.
Schur attended William H. Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut. He attended Harvard University, graduating in 1997, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of the Harvard Lampoon.
Schur is married to Jennifer "J.J." Philbin, who was formerly a writer on The O.C. and is television star Regis Philbin's daughter. Their first child, son William Xavier Schur, was born on February 18, 2008. On July 14, 2010, Philbin gave birth to the couple's daughter, Ivy Elizabeth, in California.
Schur is a highly accomplished television writer and producer. Among his honors are three Emmy Awards and two Writers Guild of America awards.
Schur wrote for NBC's Saturday Night Live from 1997 through 2004. Soon after, he became producer and writer for The Office on NBC, for which he has written ten episodes so far. Schur appears on The Office as Dwight's cousin Mose.
Schur also wrote for "Fire Joe Morgan," a sports journalism blog, under the pseudonym "Ken Tremendous." Schur resurrected the pen name on March 31, 2011, when he began writing for SBNation's Baseball Nation site. Ken Tremendous is also Schur's Twitter username.
In April 2008, Schur and Daniels started working on a pilot for Parks and Recreation as a proposed spin-off of The Office. Over time, Schur realized Parks and Recreation would work better as a show if they made it separate from The Office.
Schur collaborated with The Decemberists on their music video for "Calamity Song" from the album The King Is Dead. This video is loosely based upon Eschaton, a mock-nuclear war game played on tennis courts that David Foster Wallace created in his 1996 novel Infinite Jest. Schur wrote his undergraduate senior thesis on the novel.