Michael Colton & John Aboud are writers and sometimes producers for film and television. Our credits include A Futile and Stupid Gesture for Netflix and Penguins of Madagascar for DreamWorks Animation. You may know us as panelists on Best Week Ever or I Love the ’80s or some other VH1 show you caught at the gym. Before moving to Los Angeles, we ran Modern Humorist, a website and comedy collective.
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We co-wrote the film The Comebacks, and we’ve written for the television shows Allen Gregory and Sit Down, Shut Up on Fox, Childrens Hospital and Newsreaders on Adult Swim, and Leverage on TNT. We wrote and produced an animated Zoolander series for Paramount and have written pilots for ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, Comedy Central, TBS and Adult Swim as well as specials for Comedy Central and VH1.
For several years during the go-go ’00s, we appeared regularly on VH1, making snide but loving jokes about pop culture. Entertainment Weekly called us the “cham-peen deadpan kings” of Best Week Ever. We also appeared on I Love the 70s/80s/90s/Toys/Holidays/New Millennium, Black to the Future, Undateable, Gaming Gurus, and The Great Decade Debate. The DVD releases of Beverly Hills 90210 and Melrose Place feature us doing our hilarious/obnoxious schtick. We have been panelists, separately or together, on CNN, Fox News, ABC News, CMT, NPR and The Today Show. We used to perform live at clubs and colleges to tepid acclaim.
Remember magazines? Our writing has appeared in Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Fortune, TV Guide, Time and New York.
During the Writers Guild of America strike of 2007-8, we created AMPTP.com, a parody of the AMPTP’s official website, AMPTP.org. The parody (archived here) was called “must-read” by Advertising Age and “profane” and “inspired” by the Boston Globe. Joss Whedon referred to us as “heroes.” In addition, during the strike Aboud was one of the founders and editors of the influential United Hollywood website.
In Brooklyn, we ran Modern Humorist, which created comedy for film, television, radio, theater and print magazines, and was best known for its award-winning comedy website. (And for this video.) The website earned rave reviews from Time, Newsweek, Entertainment Weekly, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Salon and other publications around the world. Modern Humorist published three books with Crown Publishing, including the best-selling “My First Presidentiary: A Scrapbook by George W. Bush.” Modern Humorist also helped develop ad campaigns for Microsoft, Time Warner Cable and Amazon.
Modern Humorist began in 1999 after our first collaboration: an online parody of Tina Brown and Harvey Weinstein’s Talk Magazine, using the unclaimed URL TalkMagazine.net (archived here.)
Prior to founding Modern Humorist, Aboud wrote for Mother Jones, Wired, GQ and TV Guide and worked for Grey Advertising, where he won a One Show Interactive Merit award.
Colton was a staff writer for the Washington Post Style section and has also written for the New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, Newsweek, the New York Observer, the Washington City Paper, Brill’s Content and McSweeney’s. He published an essay in the 2008 anthology, “Rejected” (Random House), and, in high school, co-wrote the book “Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the SAT” (Workman). He has studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, and in his spare time he is a passionate collector of fine art.
We’re represented by Creative Artists Agency.