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Michael Ian Black

Author of “A Better Man”

Michael Ian Black is an actor, comedian, screenwriter and author who co-founded the legendary sketch comedy group, The State. He starred in The State’s hit MTV series and was later a series regular on TVLand’s The Jim Gaffigan Show, Comedy Central’s Another Period and NBC’s Ed.


Author of “A Better Man”

He starred in both the cult film and Netflix series of Wet Hot American Summer. Most recently, he starred in the Netflix film, Sextuplets, recurred on The Good Fight for CBS and Insatiable for Netflix and guest starred on ABC’s Bless This Mess. He wrote and directed the film, Wedding Daze, and he wrote the screenplay for the David Schwimmer-directed Run Fatboy Run.

Michael has written thirteen books and memoirs, including the bestseller, A Child’s First Book of Trump. He is a popular podcaster, writing and hosting How To Be AmazingObscureMike and Tom Eat Snacks with Tom Cavanagh, and Topics with Michael Showalter. Michael regularly tours the country as a stand-up comedian and has released several stand-up albums and specials. He and his family live in the wilds of Connecticut.


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    I used to have this one-liner: “If you want to emasculate a guy friend, when you’re at a restaurant, ask him everything that he’s going to order, and then when…

As a parent of both boys and girls, I find myself rebuffing the gender-based cultural assumptions that are foisted on them more frequently than I could have ever imagined. Thank you, Michael Ian Black, for challenging society’s antiquated approach to raising boys and deepening the conversation about what we actually want for our kids. Sir, you are a good egg.

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The way Michael Ian Black models vulnerability and writes about his own pain gives permission to every man across America to do it too. Michael's voice is necessary now more than ever, to offer men a different path, where they can be curious about their own gender and mount their own revolution for better definition of masculinity.

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Michael Ian Black tackles the tough subject of masculinity in unexpected, tender, and sometimes funny ways.

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A template for the conversation we need to be having with our boys.

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