Michael grew up in Stilwell, Kansas and attended the University of Chicago where he received a bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and English Literature. While in college, Michael was active in theater and learned video production and editing. One of his first projects involved remixing the sound from a famous Friday the 13th trailer with visuals from the trailer for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. This edit quickly became popular on College Humor. He then made another video and it exploded on Funny or Die. That’s when he realized there was an audience for his crazy ideas.
Michael created Vsauce in 2010 as a channel focused on video game comedy content, and it later evolved to focus on his passion for science and puzzling questions like, “Why Are Things Creepy?” and “What If You Were Born In Space?”. Michael believes a silly or mundane topic can easily become mind-blowing if you take the time to look closer, research and let your curiosity run wild. In asking the right questions - however seemingly weird - you can make anything a profoundly effective lesson.
Michael is based in London, where he writes, hosts and edits videos to make sure each episode feeds your hunger for cool and interesting facts and ideas. His partner channels - Vsauce2 and Vsauce3 - are run by Kevin Lieber and Jake Roper. The network of Vsauce channels are the most popular science and education channels on YouTube, with over 14+ million subscribers and 1+ billion views, collectively.
Michael has been featured as a speaker at TEDActive 2013 and TEDxVienna 2013, and he regularly showcases scientific food magic on Jamie Oliver’s YouTube series, FoodTube. In June of 2014, Michael was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live. He also has spoken at Adweek, VidCon, MIPTV and given keynotes at FanFest India, Singapore and Australia.
Vsauce received the 2014 and 2015 Streamy Award for Best Science and Education Channel and the 2014 People’s Voice Webby Award for Best News and Information Channel. Michael looks forward to seeing what the future has in store as Vsauce continues to grow and expand its reach.Download Michael's bio pdf