Although he spends most of his time performing stand-up in and around Los Angeles, Michael Joiner is also an established actor in both movies and television. After learning the craft through study with some of Hollywood's most acclaimed acting coaches, by the late '80s Joiner began to audition regularly. He started landing small, mostly uncredited roles in films like the 1988 horror comedies "Fright Night Part 2 "and "Lucky Stiff", as well as the made-for-TV movies "The Revenge of Al Capone "and "The Karen Carpenter Story", both of which were released in 1989. Although Joiner took a hiatus from acting in the '90s to focus more on his stand-up comedy act, he returned in a co-starring role as a robber in the 2003 short film "The Aura". Although comedy was his strong suit, Joiner refused to limit himself to only comedic roles. By the mid 2000s he was guest starring on such acclaimed television dramas as "Untold Stories of the ER", "Mystery ER", and 2007's "Murder", in which he played a detective. Joiner has a major role in 2010 when he starred as a bitter police officer that ultimately finds inner peace and redemption once he accepts God in the religious drama, "The Grace Card".