Michael Schur

Television writer, producer
Through hit television shows like “The Office” and “The Good Place,” Michael Schur uses his creative genius to bring warmth and comedy to the screen.

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Michael Schur created the critically acclaimed television comedy The Good Place and co-created Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and the Peacock series Rutherford Falls. He is also an executive producer on the HBO Max show Hacks and Netflix's Master of None. Previously, he spent four years as a writer-producer on the Emmy Award-winning series The Office. His first TV writing job was at Saturday Night Live

Schur is the author of the New York Times-bestselling book How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question, a thought-provoking guide to living an ethical life that draws on 2,400 years of deep thinking from around the world.

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Live from TED2022

Awe: Notes from Session 11 of TED2022

April 14, 2022

What a week! Eleven mainstage sessions of TED Talks, two sessions of TED Fellows talks, an incredible array of on-site activations, countless Discovery Sessions, parties, dinners and more made TED2022 a triumphant return to Vancouver. The closing session of the conference capped off the week with world-changing ideas from the mountains of Nepal to the […]

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