Michael Ian Black is a multi-media talent who’s starred in numerous films and TV series, written
and/or directed two films, is a prolific author and commentator, and regularly tours the country
performing his ribald brand of jokes and observations. He most recently starred in TVLand's “The
Gaffigan Show” and Comedy Central’s “Another Period.” He’s reprising one of his iconic film
roles in the upcoming second season of the Netflix “Wet Hot American Summer” series. His third
standup comedy special, “Noted Expert,” was released on Epix.
Black’s authored 11 books, including the recently released best seller, “A Child’s First Book of
Trump.” He’s written 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.” In 2012, he collaborated with conservative
Meghan McCain on “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 seven children's books, including “Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Boop!,” “Naked”,
“Chicken Cheeks,” “The Purple Kangaroo,” “A Pig Parade Is A Terrible Idea” and “I'm Bored.”
He also writes book reviews for the New York Times.
Previously, Black released two stand-up specials, “Very Famous” and “I Am A Wonderful Man.”
He and Tom Cavanagh host the popular podcast, “Mike and Tom Eat Snacks.” He also writes and
hosts a podcast with Michael Showalter, "Topics,” and his own interview podcast, “How To Be
Amazing.” He hosts “Debate Wars” on SeeSo, and he recently hosted “Easiest Game Show Ever”
on Pop TV.
Sketch comedy fans 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 quirky bowling alley manager ‘Phil' on the NBC series “Ed,” and his hilarious
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 “Slash,” “Smosh: The Movie,” “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.
Originally from Hillsborough, NJ, Black resides with his family in the wilds of Connecticut.