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Spike Feresten Wiki

Spike Feresten born Michael Donovan Feresten Jr. is an American television writer, screenwriter, comedian and television personality. He is best known for his work on Seinfeld, writing for David Letterman.

Spike Feresten

Spike Feresten Biography

He began his career writing for Saturday Night Live. This is where he first got the nickname “Spike” while working there as a receptionist. According to him, he started writing for the show when Dennis Miller, who was hosting “Weekend Update”, started using jokes that Spike was passing on to him.

Feresten moved from there to the writing staff of Late Night with David Letterman and then later the Late Show with David Letterman. Feresten wrote for cult cartoon spoof talk show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast in the 1990. He went on to write for The Dana Carvey Show, this is before getting his big break with The Simpsons and Seinfeld in 1995.

He then wrote one episode for The Simpsons during its seventh season, called “Sideshow Bob’s Last Gleaming”, which aired on November 26, 1995. In the Sideshow Bob, he escapes once again from prison and takes control of a TV screen at an airshow, this demands all television stations immediately going off the air.

He has said that while he wrote and was credited for the script, it was then completely rewritten keeping only the basic ideas intact.

Michael has also hosted the late night Talkshow with Spike Feresten on Fox from 2006 to 2009. He is now the host of Esquire Network’s series Car Matchmaker with Spike Feresten.  He attended public schools in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. He then attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he also planned to prepare for a career in music.

According to Feresten, while there, he was kicked out of his dormitory for dropping light bulbs out of his eighth story window, before seeing David Letterman perform the same stunt on his show a few weeks later. “I thought, ‘God, he is getting paid. This is what network television pays you to do. Maybe I need to think twice about this music career.'” He dropped out of college in order to attempt a career in television. He worked first as an intern at NBC in New York City before being promoted to receptionist.

Spike Feresten Age

Michael Donovan Feresten, Jr. was born on September 3, 1964 in Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S.

Spike Feresten Family

Spike has a brother Wally Feresten, best known for his work on Celebrity Deathmatch.

Spike Feresten Wife/ Erika Feresten

Spike Feresten is married to Erika Feresten.

Spike Feresten Children

The couple has two children.

Spike Feresten Height

He stands at a height of 5 feet 9 inches.

Spike Feresten Salary

His salary is estimated to be between $50k to $100k.

Spike Feresten Seinfeld

He left the late-night realm to join the writing staff of the hugely successful sitcom Seinfeld during the show’s seventh season in 1995. He stayed there for three seasons until the show’s finale, and became supervising producer in 1998. During his term at Seinfeld, he received three Emmy nominations, including one for his famed “Soup Nazi” episode. It remains part of the pop-culture vernacular.

Talkshow With Spike Feresten

He began his own talk-show on Saturday nights on Fox called Talkshow with Spike Feresten in 2006. Originally envisioned as an entertainment news parody, “Talkshow” developed into a mix of traditional talkshow segments with sketch elements, fake commercials, field pieces and pop culture parodies. He then described the show’s format to Variety magazine as being, “all the comedy you’d find in a talkshow, but without any of the talk.”

He had notable guests on the show which included Tom Green, Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Andy Richter, Tom Arnold, Carl Reiner, Tim Heidecker, Vanilla Ice and Eric Wareheim. The show ran for three seasons, making it the longest-running late night television show in the Fox network history. The show had a six-week test run of hour-long episodes airing an hour earlier than usual from January 17, 2009, to February 21, 2009. It came in the wake of the cancellation of MADtv. The show was then cancelled in May 2009.

Spike Feresten Net Worth

The American screenwriter is worth $5 million.

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Spike Feresten Car Matchmaker

Spike Feresten Interview

The 60-second interview: Spike Feresten, host of “Car Matchmaker”

CAPITAL: What was the most challenging part of moving from being a TV writer to a TV performer or host?

FERESTEN: Initially the fear. Putting yourself out there in a big way and not knowing if it will work out. Just staring down the lens of a camera and not hyperventilating is challenging at first. Then it’s about developing and getting comfortable with your on-camera persona. I have to be an exaggerated version of myself to power a TV show. For me, that means turning up the energy, emotion, interest and voice volume about 10 percent. That’s my personal formula.

CAPITAL: Do you get access to cars that you didn’t have before? If so, has that changed your point of view when reading car reviews from others?

FERESTEN: We drove over 85 in about 9 weeks. You very quickly get a sense of larger trends across the market. Autonomy, connectivity and safety tech stood out in the class of 2015. Also ass-cooling seats. You don’t know how badly you need these until you try them. It’s the little things.

CAPITAL: Have you helped any of your friends in the media business choose a new car?

FERESTEN: The year we created the show with Esquire Network, I had a hand in selling about 25 cars to family, friends and colleagues. Everyone from Jerry Seinfeld and Louis CK to the lady that cuts my wife’s hair. It was a Chevy Volt that changed her life. If you’re the car guy in your neighborhood, you know what I’m talking about. You also know most people don’t take your advice, but on Car Matchmaker I get to put them behind the wheel of my recommendations. They may not listen, but when they drive it … dawn breaks over marblehead.

CAPITAL: You were a writer for “Seinfeld” for three seasons. Are you surprised that the show is still seemingly as culturally relevant as it ever was, so many years after it stopped running? And, were you surprised that it finally became available on an over-the-top basis, through Hulu?

FERESTEN: Surprised and delighted. Jerry and Larry worked very hard on those episodes. Many laughs, many tears. I’m happy to see it was all worthwhile. And regarding Hulu, no not surprised. Ebay or Mapquest would have been a shock, but Hulu … of course.

CAPITAL: Recently, The Huffington Post launched a Friday night comedy show. And Buzzfeed has been hiring comedy writers. Do you think digital media sites can replicate the success of shows like “The Daily Show” and “Saturday Night Live?”

FERESTEN: Much like the New York Yankees, if you have the money and can pay the players, you can win the big game. I firmly believe there are no rules. Shape the world anyway you see fit, but please no more 8-ball jackets. Enough.

Source ; https://www.politico.com

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