Harry Magee 'Hal' Sparks III (born September 25, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, musician, political commentator, and television personality. He is known for his contributions to VH1, hosting E!'s Talk Soup, and his roles as Michael Novotny on the American TV series Queer as Folk, Donald Davenport in Lab Rats, and as the voice of Tak in Tak and the Power of Juju television series and video games. After a successful run with Second City, he began performing at numerous comedy clubs including The Improv, The Comedy Store, The Laugh Factory and at Comic Relief's American Comedy Festival. For five seasons, he co-starred as Michael on the hit series Queer as Folk. His numerous television appearances include VH-1s hit pop culture series I Love the 70s/80s/90s, The Tonight Show, Larry King Live, Charlie Rose, Good Morning America, The View, Politically Incorrect, The Late, Late Show and Hollywood Squares.