Mike Rizzo is a Brooklyn native who started making movies with his friends at the age of 12. Discovering his team at the Bay Ridge Towers, a building packed with disgruntled elderly, the team specialized in comedy shorts and parodies and started up the film collective Paxen Films. Rizzo took the reigns of editing for the collective with one purpose: to make people laugh.
Rizzo has a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, has a tremendous knowledge on the evolution of the pompadour hair style, can’t wait to meet Kurt Russell, and often gets called Dave Grohl in the street. Rizzo continued to build his creative team, and while collaborating with his brother Jay… Bay Rizz was born, a self proclaimed Mayor of Bay Ridge Brooklyn. They produced videos by interviewing the community on important local topics using comedy and satire.
His experiences led him to Mackcut, where he edits TV commercials full time. Some of his clients include Little Caesars, Priceline, Snickers, PBS, Klondike Bar, Reese’s, Bud Light, Mountain Dew and more.
In 2014 his comedy short film “Some Guys Are Bigger Than Others” won best comedy at the New York Downtown Film Festival, and Rizzo’s work continued to receive accolades at numerous festivals.
Most notably he earned recognition on editing the teasers and web film for the Bud Light “Up For Whatever” Super Bowl campaign in 2014. He has worked with well known directors like Jeff Tremaine (Jackass, Bad Grandpa), Dan Powell (Inside Amy Schumer, The Break with Michelle Wolf), and all the top agencies.
He also enjoys writing, directing, playing drums and creating videos with Bobo Touch.