His shows are first person narrative. Essentially one character tell a well-made story about something they've personally experienced and are able to identify as a common thread in the human condition. The stories have a solid inciting incident (in this case, the day after the first Trump election where he won) and how he and most Americans made sense of the loss.
His work is driven by a clear, strong POV
A compelling narrator who sets themselves up to be an authority on the subject matter
His work requires a strong, clear argument, high stakes and usually a controversial subject that a lot of people can identify with.
Mike's shows rely on someone with a strong gift of storytelling both orally as performance and on the page. He's like a journalist speaking from a righteous moral compass.
He's observant about the cultural millieu, social, economic, political events that we can all get behind as things that are clear problems diminishing our quality of life.
Once he identifies the problem, he breaks down possible causes of the problem (the law, fake news, racism, etc), and then like a great debater, he plays out each possible culprit until he finds the one clear thread that is the source of the problem. diminishing our quality of life.
Join me next week to look at Sarah Jones monologue and character driven solo shows.