Michael Herbert Schur (born October 29, 1975) is an American television producer and writer, best known for his work on the NBC comedy series The Office, Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place.
Michael Schur said 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 wrote for six seasons on NBC's Saturday Night Live until 2004. Soon after, he became producer and writer for The Office on NBC, for which he has written ten episodes so far. He is a graduate of William H. Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut and of Harvard University (class of 1997) where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of the Harvard Lampoon. He is married to Jennifer Philbin, who was formerly a writer on The O.C. and is television star Regis Philbin's daughter. They recently had their first child, son William Xavier Schur on Feb 18, 2008. His middle name, Xavier, is in honor of Regis Philbin's confirmation name. Schur appeared on The Office as Dwight's cousin Mose in the episodes "Initiation," in which Dwight takes Ryan to his beet farm; "Money," in which Jim and Pam spend a night at the farm; and "The Deposition", in which he plays a game of high-intensity ping pong with Dwight. He also co-wrote The Office: The Accountants webisodes with Paul Lieberstein.
In he and co-created Parks and Recreation with The Office creator Greg Daniels, the show ran from 2009 to 2015 on [] . He and [J. Goor] created [Nine-Nine] , which ran from 2013 to 2018 on [] . The show had five seasons on [] until it got cancelled and [] picked it up for a sixth season.
The Office written episodes
- "The Alliance" (April 12, 2005)
- "Office Olympics" (October 4, 2005)
- "Christmas Party" (December 6, 2005)
- "Valentine's Day" (February 9, 2006)
- "Branch Closing" (November 9, 2006)
- "Traveling Salesmen" (January 11, 2007)
- "The Return" (January 18, 2007)
- "The Negotiation" (April 5, 2007)
- "The Job" (May 17, 2007)
- "Dunder Mifflin Infinity" (October 4, 2007)