Who is Michael Koman?

Born under the sign of Aquarius on the 2nd February 1977, in San Diego, California USA, Michael Koman is a 42-year-old Caucasian former stand-up comedian, television writer and producer of Jewish beliefs. He is perhaps best known to the world for his significant presence on the TV screen, and across the media outlets for being the husband of Ellie Kemper, who is a famous actress and comedian from Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”. Besides that, he has also had numerous successes of his own over the course of his sometimes lucrative writing career since 1999.

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Early Life and Education: Growing up in San Diego

Michael was raised in his birthplace by his Jewish father Gerald ‘Jerry’ Koman who was a doctor, and his mother of an unspecified identity; he is apparently an only child. When it comes to his earliest interests, Michael showed an affinity for comedy as a young boy, having watched the comedy sketch show entitled “SCTV” regularly, and having listened to numerous vinyl comedy albums stored at the University of California, San Diego’s library. Later, this interest urged him to work part-time after school during his high school days at “The Comedy Store” club in La Jolla. As for his education, he first attended an unspecified local high school in his birthplace, from where he matriculated in 1995. He then furthered his studies by enrolling into an unspecified college in Los Angeles, California, from where he graduated with an unknown degree in 1999.

Career: From performing comedy to writing it

Michael’s first paid professional engagements were those as a freelance stand-up comedian during his college years, at which point he occasionally performed at “The Improv” comedy club in Los Angeles. While there, he met another would-be comedian named Todd Glass, with whom he later co-wrote to create the sketch show entitled “Todd’s Coma”. The show was later pitched to HBO, and ultimately ended up being added to “MADtv”. The show had a total of 15 seasons and 342 episodes, of which Michael co-wrote 49 from 1999 to 2001. That year, he was hired as a writer for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, where he remained until 2008 with a total of 908 episodes credited to his name. After that, he took part in four episodes of “The Colbert Report” in the same year, and from 2009 to 2010, he was occupied with 17 episodes of “Important Things with Demetri Martin”. In 2011, he created his first comedy show entitled “Eagleheart”, which was featured on Adult Swim, which ran until 2014 – he wrote 17 of its episodes, and produced all 34.

His career after “Eagleheart”

Having established himself as a successful comedy producer and writer, Michael went towards his next similar venture, this time called “Nathan For You”, of which he produced 12 episodes and wrote three personally, while he also co-wrote for another nine. The show has a total of 24 episodes and was aired until 2017. In 2015, he created and wrote “The Jack and Triumph Show”, which had seven episodes during that year. In 2016, he wrote for all five episodes of the mini-series entitled “Triumph’s Election Watch 2016”. From 2017 until present-day, Michael has been busy writing for “Saturday Night Live”, of which he has thus far written over 40 episodes.

Love Life: Ellie Kemper’s husband

As for his romantic involvements prior to the current one, there is almost no information across all of the credible sources that could accurately describe this part of his life. Up to this point, it has been Michael’s choice to keep news about his partners almost completely private, and thus he hasn’t yet come forward to address most of these inquiries. At this time, it is known that Michael Koman’s wife is actress and comedian from Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” – Ellie Kemper. The two met around 2007, backstage during the production of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”, when Ellie was an intern and Michael a writer. They dated for approximately three years prior to their engagement, which was announced publicly by Ellie during the said show on the 7th of December 2011. Their wedding ceremony was conducted in a private setting and away from the media’s eye on the 7th July 2012, with only family and close friends being the invitees. Together, they had one child in 2012 – a son named James Miller Koman, who is raised as a Catholic because of Ellie. There has thus far been no controversy surrounding their union, and they reside apparently happily at an undisclosed location.

Ellie Kemper and Michael Koman

His awards

Thanks to his enviable achievements as a television comedy writer thus far, Michael’s work has been recognized with numerous awards throughout his career. Up to this point, he has been nominated up to 22 times, eight of which he won – one of his most significant is the 2018 WGA Award for Comedy/Variety in a Sketch Series for “Saturday Night Live”. Hence, it could be said that Michael has managed to set an example for many other comedy writers around the world.

Who is his wife Ellie Kemper?

Born Elizabeth Claire Kemper on the 2nd of May 1980, in Kansas City, Missouri USA, Ellie Kemper is a 39-year-old Caucasian actress and comedian, of Italian, French, English and German descent and Christian beliefs. She is perhaps best known to the world for her significant presence on the TV screen and across the media outlets due to her acting achievements, most famously for portraying the lead character in Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”. She has also had a great number of other successes over the course of her often lucrative acting career since 2006. Ellie is the second of four kids of David Woods Kemper and Dorothy Ann ‘Dotty’ (nee Jannarone). Her grandfather was the head of one of Missouri’s wealthiest families at the time, and her father was the chairman and chief executive officer of a bank holding company nowadays called Commerce Bancshares, which he inherited from his father. Ellie’s grandmother is also famous, for she has the name sake of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum located at Washington University in St. Louis, while her great-grandfather is the all-too-familiar railroad magnate named William Thornton Kemper Sr. Her older sister is Carrie Kemper, a television writer much like her husband.

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Her awards and nominations

When it comes to the recognition Ellie received throughout her career, she is one of the not-so-many actresses whose first nomination was for the Golden Nymph Award in the Outstanding Actress – Comedy Series category, for her portrayal in “The Office” in 2010. She was nominated another three times that year, but her next win came in 2012, when she won four awards for her performance in “Bridesmaids”. In 2013, she was again nominated for her “The Office” appearance, but won her next award in 2015 – the Webby Award for Best Actress for her role as Kimmy Schmidt in “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”. She has since been nominated another four times, though without any further wins thus far.

Ellie in the media

On the 7th of June 2019, Ellie was interviewed by the Los Angeles Times regarding the evolution of her character towards the finale of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”. When asked about a summary regarding her character before she shot the last episode of the show, she stated ‘All Kimmy seeks to do is to make the world a better place. She doesn’t blame anyone for the horrific things that have happened to her … she continues to move forward despite all that.’ In short, Ellie took the opportunity during the remainder of the interview to emphasize that Kimmy is a successful character who has achieved the goal of the book behind the show, which is, in her own words, ‘to help boys not to grow up to be creeps.’ Those who were struck negatively by the fact that the show came to an end, can still look forward to the “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” special that is now in production, and will premiere at some point in 2020.

What is Michael Koman’s Net Worth?

Have you ever wondered how rich Michael Koman is, as of mid-2019? According to various authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the total of Michael’s accumulated wealth is close to $2 million, while his wife Ellie is said to have a net worth of around $4 million. He made his fortune by lending his comedy writing expertise to various hit TV titles throughout his career, most prominently for his own show entitled “Eagleheart”. Seeing as his career is continuing to develop, the said amount is bound to grow in the years to come.

Social Media Presence

Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media has on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities and thus maintain and potentially increase their rating and profit. Michael himself is no stranger to this popular trend, as his dedication to posting updates on his public profiles and engaging with his fans is at an all-time high. He has a Facebook page, plus Twitter and Instagram accounts, with an unknown number of followers on each.


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