Michael Maiello
MeetMichael Maiello
Michael Maiello is a New York-based playwright, author and humorist. His work has appeared in McSweeney's, The New Yorker, and Weekly Humorist. He has two plays available through playscripts.com.

From the mind of Michael

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{Who’s at the Door?} Some Knock-Knock Jokes Walk Into a Bar

A barkeep reminisces about his most irritating regular customers, who kept knock-knocking on the door and knocking ‘em back. Who’s there?

Michael Maiello
January 14, 2021
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A Critic’s {Review} of 2020

What would the critics say about the plot, writing, casting, and acting in the grand film of 2020? You’ll want to see for yourself.

Michael Maiello
December 23, 2020
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Just a {Tree}, Nothing Special

I’m just a regular tree, nothing special. But I’ve been pining to tell you about my family heritage. Trust me, you would barely be-leave it.

Michael Maiello
November 11, 2020
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{Heaven’s} Terms of Service

As Ben Franklin noted, nothing in this world is more certain than death and taxes. And nothing is more certain in death than legally binding agreements.

Michael Maiello
November 9, 2020
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The Boy Who Cried Wolf of Wall Street: A {Kids’ Story} for the Modern Era

Every kids’ story has a lesson, and for the boys of Stratton Oakmont, this is no exception. What is the moral of the story in The Wolf of Wall Street?

Michael Maiello
October 15, 2020
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Codename: {“Jailbreak!”}—The Story G.I. Joe Never Wanted You to Know

How does a guy earn his nickname? This is a story of subterfuge, skill, and snakeskin sneakiness. It’s a cruel world out there.

Michael Maiello
October 13, 2020
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Pulp Fan Fiction: Late Night Taco Bell

After a gruesome job, Pulp Fiction’s Jules and Vin head to a Taco Bell trying to satisfy Vin’s late-night hunger craving.

Michael Maiello
August 27, 2020
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{Good News}, Fake News: An Oral History of the Trump Administration

A series of vignettes from some key figures from the Trump Administration show what went wrong, why, and what they maybe shouldn’t have missed.

Michael Maiello
August 3, 2020
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The Townsfolk Appeared… When {Stranger Than Fiction} Goes Wrong

Based on the true events of a multiracial family on a camping trip in Washington State, accused of being Antifa activists. Truly stranger than fiction.

Michael Maiello
June 23, 2020
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