Michael Ian Black's Bio
Michael Ian Black is an actor, writer, and comedian who began his career with the legendary sketch comedy troupe, The State. He then went on to co-create several television shows, including Viva Variety, Stella, and Michael & Michael Have Issues. For four years, he played Phil Stubbs on NBC’s Ed, and has starred on many shows including Another Period, The Jim Gaffigan Show, and the Wet Hot American Summer franchise. He has appeared in many films including This is 40, Sextuplets, The Baxter, and Linoleum. Michael has written several screenplays, including Wedding Daze, starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher, which he directed, and Run, Fat Boy, Run starring Simon Pegg. Michael has authored many books including My Custom Van (and 50 Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face), You’re Not Doing It Right, and his most recent A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son. He is also the author of several award-winning books for children, including A Pig Parade Is A Terrible Idea, Chicken Cheeks, the I’m… series, and his satirical book, A Child’s First Book of Trump. Additionally, Michael has hosted several game shows including Trust Me I’m A Game Show Host (with DL Hughley), and Duck Quacks Don’t Echo on NatGeo. On the podcast front, Michael co-created and hosted How To Be Amazing, Topics (with Michael Showalter), and Mike and Tom Eat Snacks (with Tom Cavanagh). His current podcast project is called Obscure, in which he picks a work of classic literature, reads it aloud, and comments on it as he goes. Finally, Michael is an accomplished stand-up comedian who has released several albums and specials. He regularly tours the United States.