Michael McDerman (born August 10, 1977) is an American actor, comedian, and writer.
On September 16, 2003, McDerman appeared as his self-created alter ego, who he originated and portrayed, Carmella Cann, a drag queen judge on an episode of Ricki Lake entitled "How Straight Is He?" He has hosted many live events as Carmella Cann, including Rhode Island International Film Festival and The Original LGBT Expo in New York City.
He appeared on an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit entitled "Brotherhood" in the role of Tyler Henry, a local fraternity pledge master that is sodomized and murdered, aired in January 6, 2004. Also, in 2004 he was in the stage play by H.M. Koutoukas, Ring of Death in the role of Vicar and Maid, at Theater for the New City, New York City. He has had an appearance on A&E (TV channel) 15 Films About Madonna, Z Rock, Viralcom, Under the Pink Carpet , One Life to Live, and the film's Voodoo You Believe and A Four Letter Word, directed by Casper Andreas. He appeared in 2006 in the television commercial for the New York Comedy Festival, alongside Jim Norton. He was featured in the book Straight Talk with Gay Guys: What Girlfriends Can't Tell You and Straight Men Won't by: Daylle Deanna Schwartz.
In 2008, McDerman used the screen name Michael Ferreira, when he wrote, produced, and starred in the semi-autobiographical short film It's Me, Matthew! as the title character, alongside the renowned Michael Musto. In 2013, he was the theatre director for the Off-Off-Broadway stage play by Jean Bergantini Grillo, That Afternoon at Fred Campballs at Times Square Art Center, in New York City. Cann is scheduled to Host the Original LGBT Expo in March 2016.
McDerman was born in Manhattan, New York. He is of Portuguese ancestry. He attended Baruch College graduating in 2006 with a bachelor's degree. While in college, he worked as an actor and drag queen.
McDerman, wrote "Leading Ladies: A brief history of gay culture and its Founding Mothers" published in Next Magazine (New York City) (USA) June 19, 2006, pg. 28–29.
McDerman, in 2008 shared a Juror Award at West Hollywood International Film Festival for the short film It's Me, Matthew!Calabria, Karen. Karaoke With the Fabulous Carmella Cann. Bay News (USA) November 3, 2003, Vol. 44, Iss. LV3, pg. 5.
Schwartz, Daylle Deanna (February 1, 2007). Straight Talk with Gay Guys: What Girlfriends Can't Tell You and Straight Men Won't. Health Communications, Inc. ISBN 978-0757305764.
"Carmella Cann Theatre Credits". Broadwayworld.com.
"Michael Musto: You Have to Play Hard to Get". Adweek.com.