Michael Ian Black
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Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in several films and TV series, written and/or directed two films, is a published author and commentator, and regularly tours the country performing his ribald brand of humorous jokes and observations. He’s currently starring on “The Gaffigan Show,” which recently debuted on TV Land. This past summer, he reprised one of his iconic film roles in the new Netflix series, “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.”

Black’s released two stand-up specials, “Very Famous” and “I Am A Wonderful Man.” He hosts a popular podcast with Tom Cavanagh entitled “Mike and Tom Eat Snacks,” and also writes and hosts a podcast with Michael Showalter, "Topics".  He and comedian D.L. Hughley hosted the TBS show "Trust Me, I'm a Gameshow Host,” and he was one of three comedians on National Geographic’s “Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.”

Fans of sketch comedy may know Black’s work on “The State,” “Viva Variety,” “Stella” and “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” all of which he co-created, wrote and starred in. Other TV credits include his role as quirky bowling alley manager “Phil” on the network series “Ed,” and his witty commentary on cable’s “I Love the...” series. He recently starred in two hit web series that migrated to cable TV: “Burning Love” on E! and “You’re Whole” on Adult Swim.

Black’s movie roles include “They Came Together,” “Hell Baby,” “This is 40,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Take Me Home Tonight,” “Reno 911!: Miami,” “The Ten” and “The Baxter.”

Black wrote and directed the film “Wedding Daze,” starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher. He also co-wrote the comedy “Run, Fatboy, Run,” directed by David Schwimmer and starring Simon Pegg, Hank Azaria and Thandie Newton. 

He recently released his memoir, “You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death and Other Humiliations." His latest book for adults is a collaboration with conservative Meghan McCain entitled “America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom.” He’s the author of “My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face),” and children's books “Chicken Cheeks,” “The Purple Kangaroo,” “A Pig Parade Is A Terrible Idea” and “I'm Bored.” He writes book reviews for the New York Times and is working on three new books of his own.

Originally from Hillsborough, NJ, Black resides with his family in the wilds of Connecticut.



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