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Stand-up comedian and character actor Black debuts with an amusing collection of essays.

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“Michael Ian Black: Noted Expert” is an EPIX Original Comedy Event produced by Comedy Dynamics, directed by Ryan Polito, and written and performed by Michael Ian Black. The executive producers are Brian Volk-Weiss, Cisco Henson, Ted Schachter, and Mike Berokowitz. Ross Bernard is the executive producer for EPIX and Valerie Bishop is the producer for EPIX.

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Black's book Ubiquitous comic Michael Ian Black casts himself as an even more post-modern Steve Martin in new book of comedic essays.

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As a performer, comedian/actor/writer plays an exaggerated version of himself: pompous, egotistical, and thoroughly self-involved. “Michael Ian Black” dates back to his days as a member of , the cultishly beloved sketch-comedy group that had a show on MTV in the mid-’90s. Black’s character grew more exaggerated as a member of comedy trio Stella (which had a short-lived show on Comedy Central), and much more so on , another Comedy Central show where he and fellow State/Stella alumnus were locked in an eternal war of passive-aggression.

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Only in the past couple of years, coinciding with his stand-up career, has Black shared anything personal about his life. He still plays a version of “Michael Ian Black” in his act, but stories about his wife and children have provided a lot of material. That said, Black remains guarded, separating “his life” from his life.

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The writer takes up running, in part because his scooter-bound mother cannot, in part to beat back advancing flab, but also because he’s seeking spiritual enlightenment, fleeing the existential fears that haunt him in his nascent middle age. In one essay, Black imagines life after his own death, and reduces himself to a ghostly presence watching from above as his wife, Martha, whose “hearty Norwegian constitution” ensures greater longevity, thrives without him. More often, though, he directs his gaze back: to his mother’s childhood, which he learns about by interviewing her; to her lesbian awakening; to ancestral lore; to his own early traumas; and even to dark family secrets, never fully resolved.

3) How exactly does Michael Ian Black party?

You've mentioned that your last book was an attempt to shed the Michael Ian Black persona and get to something that's truer to who you actually are on a day-to-day level. Did you get to the point where you're so known for a specific type of comedy that you want to show a truer version of yourself?

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That makes his book You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales Of Marriage, Sex, Death, And Other Humiliations revelatory. Black’s parents divorced when he was a child, and his mom came out as a lesbian; his father died of complications from a head injury (after being attacked) when Black was 12. The funds from a lengthy malpractice lawsuit established a trust fund for his younger sister, who has Down syndrome. Whereas Black has written several children’s books, plus a comic-essay collection, My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face, You’re Not Doing It Right delves into his childhood, family life, romantic struggles, marriage, and parenthood. Black gives the stories a comic edge, but jokes play a supporting role—or, in some cases, none at all.

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Michael Ian Black: It's more about not feeling boxed in by any one thing and feeling like I to be a certain way. The extreme of that is somebody like Gilbert Gottfried, who's employable as a kind of screaming maniac. And he's not like that at all. You know, as comedians or actors, you can wrap this persona so tightly around yourself that it can become suffocating and I didn't want to do that. I was feeling constricted by my own work and felt like I needed to break free of that.