Interview: Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter
Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, the comedy tandem we were first introduced to in the early 90s as members of "The State," a highly influential comedy troupe that has given us some of the funniest and most successful people in comedy writing, acting and directing, are back with their new series, "Michael and Michael Have Issues," which premiers tonight on Comedy Central at 10:30.
Since their time on "The State," the two have gone on to write, act and direct several other successful projects, many of which featured other members of their comedy troupe. Black's credits includes writing and directing, "Wedding Daze," starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher, and he also wrote the original version of "Run, Fatboy, Run," starring Simon Pegg which was directed by David Schwimmer. Showalter starred-in, co-wrote and co-produced the feature film, "Wet Hot American Summer," co-wrote a play, "Sex, a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs," and wrote, starred in and directed his feature film debut "The Baxter."
The two Michaels, who previously worked together on another Comedy Central series "Stella" back in 2005, took a little time to give a call to LAist following an appearance at the Butterfinger Comedy Tent at the Bonnaroo Music Festival last month. While the setting wasn't ideal, Black and Showalter were able to quickly talk about their new show, as well as "The State" (which finally became available on DVD yesterday) and vampires, yes vampires.