Michael John Nelson is an American comedian and writer, most known for his work on the cult television series Mystery Science Theater 3000 . Nelson was the head writer of the series for most of the show's eleven-year run, and spent half of that time as the on-air host, also named Mike Nelson. In addition to writing books, Nelson is currently part of the online movie riffing sites RiffTrax and The Film Crew with fellow MST3K alumni, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy. He has written articles for Cracked.com.Early lifeMichael Nelson was born in St. Charles, Illinois. His ancestry is Danish, German and Irish. He lived in Geneva, Illinois, until the age of twelve, when his family moved to north-western Wisconsin. He studied theatre and music at the University of Wisconsin–River Falls, but he left before graduating and moved to the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area.