Michael Herbert[1] Schur (born October 29, 1975) is an American television producer and writer, best known for his work on the NBC comedy series The Office and Parks and Recreation, the latter of which he co-created along with Greg Daniels. Schur is also known for his small role on The Office as Mose Schrute, the cousin of Dwight Schrute, who is played by Rainn Wilson.


Michael Schur said he first became interested in comedy when he was 11 years old, when he read Without Feathers, a 1975 collection of humorous essays by Woody Allen. Schur said he found the book on his father's bookshelf and stayed up reading it until 4 a.m.[2]

Schur wrote for six seasons on NBC's Saturday Night Live until 2004. Soon after, he became producer and writer for The Office on NBC, for which he has written ten episodes so far. He is a graduate of William H. Hall High School in West Hartford, Connecticut and of Harvard University (class of 1997) where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and was a member of the Harvard Lampoon. He is married to Jennifer Philbin, who was formerly a writer on The O.C. and is television star Regis Philbin's daughter. They recently had their first child, son William Xavier Schur on Feb 18, 2008. His middle name, Xavier, is in honor of Regis Philbin's confirmation name. Schur appeared on The Office as Dwight's cousin Mose in the episodes "Initiation," in which Dwight takes Ryan to his beet farm; "Money," in which Jim and Pam spend a night at the farm; and "The Deposition", in which he plays a game of high-intensity ping pong with Dwight. He also co-wrote The Office: The Accountants webisodes with Paul Lieberstein.

Schur also wrote for "Fire Joe Morgan", a sports journalism blog, under the pseudonym "Ken Tremendous."[3]

In April 2008 it was reported that Schur would run a new series entitled Parks and Recreation along with The Office creator Greg Daniels.[4]

The Office written episodesEdit

  1. "The Alliance" (April 12, 2005)
  2. "Office Olympics" (October 4, 2005)
  3. "Christmas Party" (December 6, 2005)
  4. "Valentine's Day" (February 9, 2006)
  5. "Branch Closing" (November 9, 2006)
  6. "Traveling Salesmen" (January 11, 2007)
  7. "The Return" (January 18, 2007)
  8. "The Negotiation" (April 5, 2007)
  9. "The Job" (May 17, 2007)
  10. "Dunder Mifflin Infinity" (October 4, 2007)