Michael Lucid is an LGBTQ comedy writer for film and TV, with a focus on dark comedy-thrillers. He was a story developer for "Drunk History" on Comedy Central, a sketch writer for the CBS Diversity Showcase, and most recently he co-wrote a feature dramedy with Michael Lannan, creator of the HBO series "Looking."
Michael has also been a house sketch writer for the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in LA, and his original comedy pilots and features have placed highly in a number of screenplay competitions, including the 2021 Stage 32 Search For New Blood Horror Screenwriting Contest, the 2021 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest and the 2021 Austin Film Festival.
Additionally, he worked for 5 years as an in-house comedic web series writer/producer for World of Wonder, the production company behind the Emmy-winning "RuPaul's Drag Race" reality series on VH1.
Lady Reporter Budget: $1M - $5M | Drama ⋄ Comedy When LA drag queen Daniel Porter reports for jury duty, he’s soon put on the jury of a tense police brutality trial. As the case becomes increasingly harrowing and complex, Daniel’s able to draw strength and inspiration from his drag alter ego "Pam Rather," a savvy lady reporter. Based on a true story.
Shady Ladies Budget: $100K - $1M | Thriller ⋄ Mystery Sharp-witted, middle-aged New Yorker Lee Kramer moves to the quiet Seattle suburb of Shady Cove, ready to enjoy her retirement. But soon her next-door neighbor turns up murdered, and she has to deal with all the drama-prone, shady women of Shady Cove who’ve now entered her life -- one of whom might be the killer.
Firenze Budget: $1M - $5M | Thriller ⋄ Crime When American widow Michelle travels to Florence, Italy to spread her late husband's ashes, she's shocked to encounter Matteo, a young Italian man who uncannily seems like a young version of her dead husband. As Michelle struggles to solve the mystery of Matteo's identity, soon she and Matteo must also confront Matteo's dark, violent ties to the Italian mob in order to stay alive.
Murder Maze Michelle Budget: $100K - $1M | Thriller When struggling L.A. actress Michelle goes to audition for a mysterious new reality show, she’s soon trapped in a diabolical death game with a group of other players in an old, abandoned movie studio. And her closest ally in this bizarre murder maze is her shady but charming ex-best friend Magenta.
Argyle Tower Budget: $100K - $1M | Horror ⋄ Comedy When struggling L.A. actress Isabella Pimento moves into the grand, old Argyle Tower apartment building in the heart of Hollywood, she soon learns she's able to make contact with the countless ghosts who haunt the place. And with help from the building's kooky, colorful landlady Linda Leo, Isabella now finds that her true calling might be to help all these restless souls finally cross over into the afterlife.
The Sub Budget: $100K - $1M | Thriller ⋄ Comedy Frazzled high school substitute teacher Penny Gardner must help her suburban teen students fight off a sadistic masked killer known as The Crone. And Penny has special insight into how to stop The Crone, because she, herself, was stalked by the same killer twenty years ago when she was a teen.
Sage Gardens Budget: $100K - $1M | Mystery ⋄ Comedy When middle-aged divorcee Pam and her freeloading best friend Trish move from suburban Irvine to exciting, fast-paced West Hollywood, they soon get acquainted with all the young, attractive and romantically linked residents in their new apartment building "Sage Gardens." But when one of their neighbors turns up murdered in the courtyard pool, Pam and Trish must also become amateur sleuths to figure out which "Sage Gardens" tenant might be the killer.
L.A. Cult Budget: $0 - $100K | Thriller ⋄ Comedy Struggling L.A. actress Heather Fox is a devoted student at her local improv comedy school. But when she discovers the school's a front for a sinister, bloodthirsty cult, she must now try to save her best friend Jess from its manipulative clutches.
Doomsday Hotel and Casino Budget: $100K - $1M | Horror ⋄ Comedy When middle-aged struggling actress Gail and her best friend Terrie visit a cheesy SoCal hotel-casino, they're soon under siege by a horde of ravenous zombies. But that won't stop Gail from searching for a big casting director who's somewhere in the building.
Pandemic Pizza Budget: $100K - $1M | Horror ⋄ Comedy After a sinister vampire pandemic sweeps across the globe, L.A. actress and pizzeria cashier Julie O'Grady is still determined to chase her Hollywood dreams -- even if it means auditioning for a dumb TikTok channel in a vampire-infested party house.
Sacrificial Budget: $1M - $5M | Sci-fi ⋄ Horror In a terrifying near-future where a contagious virus turns people into predatory creatures, middle-aged L.A. woman Lynn seeks refuge in a small gated community that offers her shelter and protection. But when Lynn discovers that this community has only rescued her in order to use her in medical experiments to find a cure for the virus, she must now desperately fight for survival against her captors.
Television by Jeremy Konner & Derek Waters Story Researcher Story researcher and developer for award-winning Comedy Central series "Drunk History."
The CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase
Theater by CBS Writer Sketch comedy writer for the annual CBS live industry showcase of diverse actors and comedians.
The Red List - Half-Hour Comedy-Thriller Pilot "The Sub"
Cinequest - Semi-Finalist
Stage 32 Search For New Blood Screenwriting Contest - Semifinalist
Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Contest - Quarterfinalist
Austin Film Festival - Second Rounder
Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
The Groundlings Training Center
New York University