Mike Durrett

  • Comedy writer and actor with more than 20 years of experience¬†
  • Gag writer for Joan Rivers, Howard Stern, and Gary Owens
  • Creator of the Golden Twinkies Award for Best Comedy film in 1995
  • Created online content since 1998


Mike Durrett is a former writer for ThoughtCo and contributed articles about comedy for 11 years. Mike held many roles throughout his career. He was a class clown, a columnist, a radio disc jockey and programmer at WFOM-AM in Marietta Georgia in the 1970s, an actor, film projectionist, and a gag writer. Mike wrote for stars including Joan Rivers and radio personalities like Howard Stern and Gary Owens.

Mike created the Golden Twinkies Award for Best Comedy film in 1995 and oversaw its world premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre. He also scripted, directed, and clowned around in several home movie comedies.

Mike started writing content for the internet in 1998 and made his online presence known through his work with ThoughtCo. Until about 2012, he also posted on Funny Site of the Day at MikeDurrett.com and Mike Durrett: Confidential at MikeDurrett.BlogSpot.com.


Mike Durrett holds a Bachelor Arts (B.A.) in Journalism from Georgia State University.

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