Michael Ian Black

I love Michael Ian Black!

I was first introduced to him through his comedy troupe/sketch comedy show The State on MTV when I was in high school. He went on to have roles on the shows Ed and Stella and bit parts on shows like Reno 911 and Reaper. Recently you might have seen him on the web series Burning Love, but I can almost guarantee you recognize him from VH1’s I Love The… series.

Man, I loved that show so much!

Back in May, I read Michael’s memoir You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations and thought it was hilarious!! His dry, quick, sarcastic sense of humor is right up my alley. He was so frank on topics such as the death of his father, meeting, dating and marrying his wife, sleepless nights with a new baby, and balancing his marriage, kids and a career. I laughed out loud a lot, but also teared up a few times. He is so honest, but also snarky and charming and I couldn’t put the book down. I highly recommend it!

After that I read his first book, My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays that Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face, which I didn’t even know existed. It came out in 2008 and is basically a collection of random thoughts spilled into short essays. Some essays included are “Why I've Decided to Go Blonde,” “One Day, I'm Going to Open a Scented Candle Shoppe,” “The Complete Idiot's Guide to Meeting People More Famous Than You,” and “An Open Letter to the Hairstylist Who Somehow Convinced Me to Get a Perm When I Was in Sixth Grade”. It was random and I thought some essays were hilarious while others were just weird and not funny at all. But it was still a fun, quick read that I finished one sitting on a boring Sunday morning.

Last week I finished reading America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom, the book he co-wrote with Meghan McCain. As a lover of pop culture and politics (I know, strange mix), I loved everything about it! The forty year old comedian/family man/atheist/Democrat and the twenty-something free-spirited/gun toting/Christian/Republican went on a road trip in a janky RV last summer to get a feel of the political climate in our country. They visited LA, Vegas, New Orleans Branson, and DC with many other cities along the way, and talked to all walks of life: strippers, war veterans, citizens affect by Katrina, Mormons, Muslims, elected politicians, and the unemployed. As much as I like Meghan, she came off slightly bratty in this book, but I’m chalking that up to the fact that she was a tad uncomfortable and defensive. Michael was delightful. He’s just so funny and I found myself relating so much more to him than I ever thought I would. I highly recommend this book as well, even if you aren’t fond of politics or the two authors. It was a great look at our country’s current state without shoving politics down your throat, all while giving it a comedic twist.

Michael is just so awesome! I’m excited to listen to the comedy CDs I just picked up! I also checked out all of his children’s books from the library and can’t wait to read them to Nolan this weekend.

I'm linking up with Katie and Heather for Book Club Friday!


Katie said...

What great picks! I think he is so funny, but I never even knew that he wrote books! I will have to check all of them out.

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

He is a fave for sure. I will have to check out the book with McCain...it sounds very interesting!

hotpants™ said...

I didn't know about the books. I remember him from his MTV days. Loved that show.

Kimberlee Van Der Wall said...

I love Michael Ian Black! It sounded like they should have made "America You Sexy Bitch" into a reality series. Feel like you can't quite capture that meeting of different worlds with a book. But I'll definitely check out the others :)

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

I used to watch a show on MTV when I was in like junior high ad I loved it! I didn't know it was called The State. For some reason I thought it was called something with Kids in the title. I wonder if he was in something else too or I'm just crazy?

Karen Peterson said...

I fell in love with Michael Ian Black when he was on Ed. The world needs more of him.