Mike Rylander has worked as an actor, host, writer and producer in a wide variety of mediums and genres. His acting credits include Parks and Recreation (NBC), The Young and the Restless (CBS), The Gambler (Paramount Pictures), and Hollywood Adventures, (Justin Lin of Fast and The Furious).
For the past 2 years, Mike was employed by Ora TV, a digital network launched by Larry King, where he was the Host, Writer and Producer of two satirical “weird news” web series, So That Happened… and WTFark!, which received additional distribution from The Huffington Post and Fark.com
Mike is the Arena Host for UCLA Bruins Basketball, and was an NBA Arena Host for 7 years, working for the Los Angeles Clippers and Minnesota Timberwolves. He has hosted a variety live events, including SyFy‘s Total Blackout Live at The Grove and the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament. Mike also hosted 21 Cards, a Regional Emmy-nominated game show, which aired on The CW Twin Cities.
Mike’s appeared in countless commercials, including a Doritos spot that debuted during Super Bowl XLIV and became the “Most Watched Television Commercial of All-Time”. Mike has shot spots for Denny’s, Amica Insurance, Old El Paso, Rapala, Mercury Insurance, 5-Hour Energy and others.
He has narrated several audiobooks, including The Fourth Stall from HarperCollins, winner of the 2012 Sid Fleischman Humor Award, and authored by his brother Chris, with whom he is developing the book series for television.
Mike has studied improvisation and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade (Los Angeles) and Brave New Workshop (Minneapolis), and has performed in several improv/sketch theaters in Los Angeles, including iO West and The Clubhouse.
In Minneapolis, Mike was an active theater actor for many theater companies and productions, including Davenport Theatrical, Hennepin Theatre Trust, Actor’s Theater of Minnesota, Joking Envelope, Live Action Set, Four Humors, Girl Friday, Urban Samurai, Theatre Unbound, Lamb Lays With Lion and The National Theatre for Children.
He was also a Talk Radio Host on MyTalk 107.1FM, a Television Host on Shop NBC, and was an On-Air Personality at The CW Twin Cities. In 2007, he was featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine as one of the “50 Sexiest Bachelors in America.”
Mike grew up in Minot, North Dakota, where he began performing in community and collegian theater at an early age. His love of theater and performance continued into high school where we won a Best Actor Award from the Thespian Society for his portrayal of Mercutio in Romeo & Juliet. He was an All-Conference football player, Captain of the Math Team, and State Champion of the American Legion High School Oratorical Contest. After high school, Mike attended North Dakota State University for one year as a Computer Engineering & Mathematics double major.
Mike lives in Los Angeles with his daughter, Parson, where he continues to work as an actor, host, writer, producer, comedian and DJ.