Mike Roe

Arts & Entertainment, LAist

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Mike Roe is the arts & entertainment editor for LAist, as well as being part of KPCC's broader coverage online and on air. He's covered events like Comic-Con and E3, as well as breaking news, from fires to shootings. He was nominated for a National Entertainment Journalism award for his pop culture coverage and created KPCC's Public Radio Bracket Madness, which received national attention.

When he's not covering the waterfront for LAist/KPCC, Mike writes TV drama scripts with his wife Kristiana; his writing has been honored in several contests. He also writes and performs sketch comedy. He's studied sketch and improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, the Pack Theater, and elsewhere.

Mike began his broadcast career at his high school radio station in Mercer Island, Washington, where he served as president and program director. From there he moved on to college and community radio, then interned in commercial radio and public television. He earned a BA in history from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, and also spent time studying communications, music, and religion.

Stories by Mike Roe

Original 'Star Trek' actress Grace Lee Whitney dies

Rand was an early character on the show, but Whitney was written out after eight episodes. One of her most famous appearances on the show was fighting off an evil Kirk.

'Age of Ultron' composer Brian Tyler tells the secrets of iconic themes

"If you're going to have music there, you should have it and you have something that says something," says Brian Tyler. He's done that on "Age of Ultron," "Furious 7" and many more.

Josh Gad on 'The Comedians' and almost turning down 'Book of Mormon'

The "Book of Mormon" and "Frozen" actor plays a version of himself on FX's "The Comedians," whose failures are heightened, with negative traits multiplied.

Hulu lands 'Seinfeld,' original shows from Poehler, Franco

Streaming outlets are making a play to be the new TV networks. The latest big deal: "Seinfeld," which some outlets are pegging at around $180 million over five years.

'Montage of Heck' shows how Kurt Cobain's fear of ridicule turned into art

"It ends with Kurt saying 'I got out of class, and kids were there to make fun of me, and I couldn't handle the ridicule, so I went to the train tracks to kill myself.'"

Tony Awards 2015: 'An American In Paris,' 'Fun Home' top musical nods

The frontrunners in the dramatic arena are "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and "Hand to God." Meanwhile, Hollywood stars trying Broadway mostly came up short.

Comedian Paul F. Tompkins does TV, podcasts and everything else

Tompkins has his own TV show and podcast, performs live shows, appears as a guest on numerous other podcasts and writes and performs on several other TV shows.

Before 'Age of Ultron,' Chris Evans preps for 'Civil War,' 'Infinity War'

Evans is set to start shooting the third Captain America movie, subtitled "Civil War." After a brief break, he follows that with nine months of "Avengers: Infinity War."

'Gotham's' costume designer is totally fine with being called a 'control freak'

"Gotham" provides a new take on Batman's origin story. Lisa Padovani is the show's costume designer and took the Frame through how she draws her inspirations.

Havana Biennial: More than 30 years of art reaching out from Cuba

The Havana Biennial Art Exhibition shows off the art of what's seen as a politically repressive society, where there's a fine line to walk when it comes to making a statement.

'Furious 8' speeds into theaters in 2017 (with lines just like that)

To no one's surprise, "Furious 8" is heading to theaters — or "Fast 8," or "2 Eight 2 Furious," or whatever they decide to call it. Come watch our favorite one-liners.

CinemaCon: 'Mission: Impossible,' 'Mad Max' fly high; 'Terminator,' 'Entourage' tank

The convention essentially offers speed-dating for studios and movie theater owners. Here are the movies they liked, the movies they didn't, and why the Latino audience is key.

13 pieces of film history we really want from Rick Baker's prop auction

You've seen Baker's work in "Star Wars," Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and more, and now he's auctioning off hundreds of items from his collection. Here are our favorites.

#MakeItFair: Music video rips the dominance of men in film

The women behind a project called Make It Fair have released a music video that ironically decries the fact that a mere 93 percent of recent movies were directed by men.

How 'Happyish' moved on after Philip Seymour Hoffman's death

Creator Shalom Auslander had to regroup after the overdose of his original lead actor. Watch the full first episode of the dramedy here.