|Michael Ian Black|
Black at the May 2015 Montclair Film Festival
|Birth name||Michael Ian Schwartz|
August 12, 1971 |
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Medium||comedy, film, television|
|Spouse||Martha Anne Hagen (1998-present; 2 children)|
|Notable works and roles||The I Love the... series, The State, Stella, Michael & Michael Have Issues, Another Period|
Michael Ian Black (born Michael Ian Schwartz; August 12, 1971) is an American comedian, actor, writer, and director. He has starred in several TV comedy series, including The State, Viva Variety, Stella, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, The Comedy Quarter-hour, Michael & Michael Have Issues, and Another Period. He is also a poker player, appearing on Celebrity Poker Showdown several times. He released his first children's book, Chicken Cheeks, in 2009, and has since released six more, in addition to four books for adults.
Black was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Jill and Robert Schwartz, a store owner and an executive, respectively. His family is Jewish. He grew up in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, where he attended Hillsborough High School. His parents divorced when he was 3 years old; his mother, Jill, later came out as a lesbian. When he was 12, his father had neurological surgery following a mysterious assault. Days after being released from the hospital, he was readmitted for an infection and died as a result of an allergic reaction to an administered medication. His birth name, Schwartz, is derived from the German word schwarz, which means black. Schwartz changed his name to Michael Ian Black to avoid confusion with the actor Mike Schwartz.
Black began his career as a member of the comedy group The State and was featured on the television show of the same name on MTV. He continued working with members of that group on the show Viva Variety in the role of "Johnny Bluejeans", and in the film Wet Hot American Summer.
Black also appeared on VH1's I Love the... series, his comedy troupe Stella, and in various TV series and films. He was also the voice actor for the Pets.com sock puppet, was featured in commercials for Sierra Mist, hosted the first season of NBC's hidden-camera show Spy TV, made several appearances in the film Big Helium Dog, and had a supporting role on the NBC dramedy Ed.
His dry, sarcastically irreverent commentary on pop culture artifacts on VH1's I Love the '70s/'80s/'90s/New Millennium series added to his and the shows' popularity. Black stated several times on the show that he felt as if he was "doomed to an eternity of doing the I Love the... series". He also made fun of himself for being a Jewish-American and sarcastically enforcing Jewish stereotypes.
Black is a poker enthusiast and appeared in five episodes of Celebrity Poker Showdown beginning in 2003, playing for the Endeavor House charity. In 2004 and 2006 he played for the charity MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger. In 2006, he came in third (receiving $100,000 for his charity). Black was praised for his humor and his skilled poker play by Dave Foley, host of Celebrity Poker Showdown, and by poker experts Phil Gordon and Phil Hellmuth.
In the latter part of 2004, he acted as guest host of CBS's The Late Late Show while auditioning for the permanent hosting role. He was a finalist for the position, but the job eventually went to Craig Ferguson. He is also an occasional contributor to the online edition of McSweeney's, where he writes a column titled "Michael Ian Black Is a Very Famous Celebrity".
Black, along with fellow State members Michael Showalter and David Wain, co-starred in and cowrote the Comedy Central series Stella, a television adaptation of their popular stage show. The ten-episode first season debuted in June 2005 and was not renewed for a second season.
Black wrote the screenplays for two feature film comedies --Wedding Daze (2006) and Run, Fat Boy, Run (2007, co-written with leading actor Simon Pegg). Black also directed Wedding Daze which stars Jason Biggs, Joe Pantoliano, and Isla Fisher.
Black also has some minor screen credits. He appeared twice on the Adult Swim show Tom Goes to the Mayor, was a guest voice on Seth Green's stop-motion show Robot Chicken, and later did a bit for "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!". He appeared on the Comedy Central shows Crank Yankers and Reno 911!. He had a cameo in David Wain's 2007 film The Ten as a prison guard. In September 2007, he released his first stand-up comedy album, I Am a Wonderful Man. In addition, he starred on the TV series Reaper as a gay demon trying to destroy the devil through acts of kindness. In 2008, Black published a book titled My Custom Van ... And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face. Also in 2008, he hosted Reality Bites Back, a scripted reality show on Comedy Central.
Black then developed another show for Comedy Central, Michael Ian Black Doesn't Understand. The concept was later retooled as Michael & Michael Have Issues; a pilot episode, featuring Michael Showalter, was shot in August 2008. Comedy Central confirmed in February 2009 that a seven-episode run of the show would air in July.
His first children's book, Chicken Cheeks, was published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing on January 6, 2009. The book is illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. In a starred review, Kirkus called the book "a perfect collaboration of text and illustration." An alternative review was aired on the Michael Showalter Showalter.
On February 21, 2009, Black instigated a "Celeb-Feud" -- or as he called it, the "World's First Twitter War" -- with LeVar Burton to see if he could muster more Twitter followers than Burton. Black dubbed the feud "LeWar."
Black and Meghan McCain cowrote the book America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom in June 2012. The two took a road trip across America during the summer of 2011, documenting how Americans were living.
In 2012, he starred as the host Bill Tundle in the web series Burning Love, a spoof of the TV series The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. He also co-hosted G4 TV with Candace Bailey that year. He has occasionally appeared as a guest on Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld. He stars in Adult Swim's late night infomercial parody, You're Whole, as Randall Tyree Mandersohn. After a guest appearance in the pilot, it was announced in 2013 that Black would join the FOX comedy Us & Them in a regular role.
In 2013, he and Michael Showalter launched the podcast Topics in which they discuss evergreen topics in a serious manner, although if something funny comes up, it's OK. Alongside Jason Ritter, Alexis Bledel, and Kerri Kenney-Silver, Black appeared in the unaired 2013 Fox sitcom Us & Them, a 13-episode US adaptation of the hit UK sitcom Gavin & Stacey, which was canceled while the seventh episode was in production. Fox decided to not air any of the episodes. Black played the role of Brian.
He co-hosted the single-season 2013 gameshow Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host alongside D.L. Hughley. He was also a co-host on Duck Quacks Don't Echo, and one of the guest stars on the short-lived Steve Carell 2014 improv sketch show Riot. On June 11, 2014, he appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor Podcast.
Black plays Peepers, an uptight butler, on the Comedy Central series Another Period. He also plays the role of Daniel on the TVLand series The Jim Gaffigan Show, as well as McKinley in the prequel to 2001's Wet Hot American Summer, titled Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.
Black hosts How to Be Amazing, an in-depth interview podcast show, produced by Black, Jennifer Brennan and Mary Shimkin. It's largely recorded at Argot Studios in New York City. In June 2017, Black recorded an episode in Los Angeles with pop star Katy Perry for her livestream marathon, Katy Perry Live: Witness World Wide.
|1991||Cults: Saying No Under Pressure||Male student||Documentary|
|1999||Big Helium Dog||Martin Huber|
|2000||The Bogus Witch Project||Stephen Hawking|
|2001||Wet Hot American Summer||McKinley|
|2002||Stella shorts||Michael||27 short films|
|2006||Wedding Daze||Writer, director|
|2007||Run, Fatboy, Run||Writer|
|2007||The Ten||Prison Guard Jamberg Saivon|
|2007||Reno 911!: Miami||Ron of Ron's Tattoo|
|2011||Take Me Home Tonight||Pete Bering|
|2012||This Is 40||Accountant|
|2013||Hell Baby||Dr. Marshall|
|2014||They Came Together||Trevor|
|2015||Smosh: The Movie||Steve YouTube|
|2016||Folk Hero & Funny Guy||Randy|
|1992-93||You Wrote It, You Watch It||Various||25 episodes; also writer|
|1993-95||The State||Various||27 episodes; also co-creator, writer|
|1994||NYPD Blue||Joey Diaz||Episode: "Rockin' Robin"|
|1997||Viva Variety||Johnny Blue Jeans||16 episodes; also co-creator, writer|
|1999||Hercules: The Animated Series||Voice||Episode: "Hercules and the Romans"|
|2000-04||Ed||Phil Stubbs||83 episodes|
|2001||Spy TV||Himself (host)||11 episodes|
|2002||I Love the '80s||Himself||9 episodes|
|2003||I Love the '70s||Himself||7 episodes|
|2003||I Love the '80s Strikes Back||Himself||6 episodes|
|2003||Crank Yankers||Voice||2 episodes|
|2003-06||Celebrity Poker Showdown||Himself||5 episodes|
|2003-08||Reno 911!||Chris / Kevin the Sex Offender||3 episodes|
|2004||I Love the '90s||Himself||7 episodes|
|2004, 2008||Comedy Central Presents||Himself||2 episodes|
|2005||I Love the '90s: Part Deux||Himself||3 episodes|
|2005||I Love the '80s 3-D||Himself||10 episodes|
|2005||I Love the Holidays||Himself|
|2005||Stella||Michael||10 episodes; also co-creator, writer|
|2005-06||Tom Goes to the Mayor||Dr. Ian Black (voice)||2 episodes|
|2006||I Love Toys||Himself|
|2006||I Love the '70s: Volume 2||Himself||7 episodes|
|2006||Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker||EZtech Executive / Hugh FitzSimmons||2 episodes|
|2007||Wainy Days||Waiter||2 episodes|
|2008||I Love the New Millennium||Himself||7 episodes|
|2008||Reality Bites Back||Himself (host)||8 episodes|
|2008||The Xtacles||Chase Fontaine (voice)||2 episodes|
|2009||Michael & Michael Have Issues||Himself||7 episodes; also co-creator, writer|
|2010||Mercy||Mark Gunther||Episode: "I Saw This Pig and I Thought of You"|
|2010-11||Backwash||Fleming||Web-series, 11 episodes|
|2011||Michael Ian Black: Very Famous||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2011-12||Robot Chicken||Mo-Larr (voice) / Mr. Ollivander (voice)||2 episodes|
|2012-13||Burning Love||Bill Tundle||37 episodes|
|2012-14||You're Whole||Randall Tyree Mandersohn||8 episodes; also creator, writer|
|2013||Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host||Himself (co-host)||10 episodes|
|2013-14||Us & Them||Brian||7 episodes|
|2013-16||Inside Amy Schumer||Martin Daniels / Lawyer||4 episodes|
|2014||Duck Quacks Don't Echo||Himself (co-host)||12 episodes|
|2014||Maron||Michael Ian Black||Episode: "Marc on Talking Dead"|
|2015||Deadbeat||TJ||Episode: "The Blowfish Job"|
|2015||Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||McKinley||7 episodes|
|2015-16||The Jim Gaffigan Show||Daniel||22 episodes|
|2015-present||Another Period||Peepers||20 episodes|
|2016-present||Easiest Game Show Ever||Himself (host)|
|2016||Michael Ian Black: Noted Expert||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2017||Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later||McKinley / George H. W. Bush||7 episodes|
|2017||The High Court with Doug Benson||Guest bailiff||Episode: "Snakes in the Drain"|
|2017||Dogs In A Park||Various Dogs||8 episodes|
|2017||The Chris Gethard Show||Himself||Episode: "Everything is Terrifying"|
|TBA||Moon Cruise||TBA||Also creator|