Arriving in Hollywood with $40 dollars to her name, Felicia Michaels quickly found herself honing her comedy skills at the Laugh Factory. She was soon able to abandon her day job and support herself entirely via stand up work, performing across the country on college campuses and A-room comedy clubs.
Playing with and defying stereotypes, Michaels initially presented herself on stage as the quintessential dumb blonde. After several years of telling jokes in her high heels, she came to the conclusion that if she spent more time writing jokes than blow drying and maintaining her dried out blonde tresses, her new monologue would soon be filled with stronger and more insightful reflections. It becomes apparent that intellect and wit are alive and well in this soft spoken talent.
She is known to have raised quite a few eyebrows by refusing to allow her gender to tame her material.
An Army brat who was used to moving about, Michaels never flinched when it came to the rigorous travel schedule that a stand up comedy career demanded. She enjoyed the raucous laughter and the chasing of planes for tour dates, 35 weeks a year. Most importantly, she relished grasping for the exciting moments on stage, when sharing clarity and laughter with the audience members in front of her over ideas.
The 35 week a year travel schedule resulted in Michaels not only being nominated for an American Comedy Award two years in a row, but also managing to win the award itself for Funniest Female.
Along with doing comedy, Michaels also found time to attend film school at New York University, which led her to her writing and directorial debut on the short film "In the Weeds," which received a Cine Eagle Award. This led her to work as an actor, assistant director, and line producer on Mitch Hedberg's film Los Enchiladas!, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Michaels' comedy CD, Lewd Awakenings, is available on iTunes, and landed Felicia on XM Radio's list of Top 100 Jokes. All this while raising two young boys as a single mother.