Michael Ian Black: Shut Up and Comedy
Since he first rose to national prominence on MTV with the legendary sketch comedy troupe The State, NJ’s own Michael Ian Black has become a fixture in contemporary American humor – as actor, author, director, and as a decidedly ribald regular on the stand-up scene coast-to-coast.
Black is also the co-creator of the television shows Viva Variety, Stella and Michael and Michael Have Issues. He was a series regular on NBC’s Ed (in which he played Phil, the quirky bowling alley manager) and was featured on VH1's I Love the … series, where he became known for providing hilarious, irreverent commentary on pop culture history.
On the big screen, Black starred in Wet Hot American Summer, Hell Baby, This is 40, Take Me Home Tonight, The Ten and The Baxter. More recently, he’s been a lead on TVLand’s The Jim Gaffigan Show, on Comedy Central’s Another Period, and in two Netflix series, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. His most recent stand-up special, Noted Expert, was released on Epix.
As an author, Black has written 11 books including two well-received memoirs, Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom’s, which I know sounds weird) and You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death and Other Humiliations. His most recent book is the best-selling A Child’s First Book of Trump.