Michael Ian Black
Michael Ian Black began his comedy career with The State, a sketch comedy troupe he co-founded at New York University in 1988 that went on to have a successful run on MTV. He then co-created the Comedy Central television series Viva Variety, a fake European variety show. From there, he appeared on several television show before landing the role of Phil Stubbs, the quirky bowling alley manager, on NBC's Ed. He followed that with two Comedy Central series, Stella, co-created with Michael Showalter and David Wain, and Michael and Michael Have Issues. Black has since co-starred on the series Reaper, Backwash and Burning Love.
In 2005, Black wrote and directed his first theatrical film Wedding Daze, starring Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher. His second film as screenwriter Run, Fatboy, Run, starring Simon Pegg and Thandie Newton, came out in 2007.
As a stand-up comedian, Black regularly tours the country. His first album of stand-up, I Am a Wonderful Man, was released in 2007, followed by his first book of humorous essays, My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Face), in 2008. Chicken Cheeks, his first children's book, was published in 2009. He released his memoir You're Not Doing It Right in 2012.