LAist Interview: Michael Ian Black - Coming to the Ivar Theater this Saturday, 10/13

Michael Ian BlackFirst things first: Michael Ian Black released his CD, I'm A Wonderful Man, on September 25th and it's very very funny, check it out HERE. If there's a comedy album to get this year, I'm A Wonderful Man is the one. Secondly, Michael Ian Black has relaunched his website and blog after putting it on hiatus for a while, check it out HERE. And most importantly, Michael Ian Black is on tour and coming to LA on Saturday, October 13th. He holds court at the Ivar Theater with 7:00pm and 10:00pm shows. Details are HERE.

Michael kindly gave me a half hour of his time, which was spent with me saying "that's true" about 200 times, as well as about half the interview involving an in-depth analysis of Carrot Top's disturbing physique. We talked about some of Michael's own exceptional body of work: The State, Ed, Stella, as well a movie that Michael wrote and which has been the #1 comedy in the UK for several weeks: Run Fat Boy, Run.

Michael also reminisced about his contribution, via 'playing' the Pets.com sock puppet, to the destruction of the American economy. At one point Michael accused me of not preparing for the interview as well as not actually listening to the CD neither of which was true but I didn't do a very good job explaining myself. I tried to sidestep the issue by asking about Michael's childrens' book coming out next year (Michael is determined to steal childrens' book marketshare from Madonna) as well as a couple of new comedy series' he's developing, including one with frequent collaborator, Michael Showalter.

Michael was patient with me despite getting bored in the last 10 minutes of the interview (I promise to do better next time Michael!). As you'll hear, he's more than funny - it's a no brainer to go to his show at the Ivar, or if you can't make that, get his CD.

Listen to a podcast of the interview below as well as a track from his new album: I'm A Wonderful Man:

Interview


I'm A Wonderful Man - Terrorism