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Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black


Black was born in Chicago, Illinois to Jewish parents Jill and Robert Schwartz, and grew up in Hillsborough, New Jersey. His parents divorced when he was three years old. When he was seven, his father died during neurological surgery following a mysterious assault. The surname Schwartz, German and Yiddish in origin, translates to 'black' in English. His "favorite quote" in his high school yearbook was, "My life is what I make of it, and that's as much as I know." Read more on Last.fm
Black was born in Chicago, Illinois to Jewish parents Jill and Robert Schwartz, and grew up in Hillsborough, New Jersey. His parents divorced when he was three years old. When he was seven, his father died during neurological surgery following a mysterious assault. The surname Schwartz, German and Yiddish in origin, translates to 'black' in English.

His "favorite quote" in his high school yearbook was, "My life is what I make of it, and that's as much as I know." By combining an off-the-wall sense of humor with dry, deadpan wit, Michael Ian Black has risen rapidly through the ranks of comedy since his debut on MTV's The State. Black joined the show during its inaugural year in 1993, having recently left New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before graduation (a decision he would later mock on the standup comedy album I Am a Wonderful Man). Mixing sketch comedy with clips of popular alternative music, the series ran from 1993 to 1995, at which point it was sold to CBS and unceremoniously canned after a make-or-break Halloween episode fell short of the network's expected ratings. However, The State had developed a devout cult following, and the show's 11 cast members went on to pursue other humorous adventures -- often in tandem with one another -- with Black resurfacing in Comedy Central's Viva Variety before aligning himself with former State members Michael Showalter and David Wain.

The trio would soon be among the most recognizable names in comedy, generating such cult films as Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, and The Ten, in addition to forming the zany comedy troupe Stella. Black's irreverent humor was broadcast to an even wider audience when he became a regular commentator on VH1's I Love The... series and was crowned editor-at-large of the revamped Cracked magazine in 2006. At the same time, Black's writing credits extended to feature film screenplays (Wedding Daze in 2006 and Run, Fat Boy, Run in 2007) and the publishing world, composing humorous pieces for Dave Eggers' McSweeney's series.

I Am a Wonderful Man, a sardonic album of standup comedy that marked Black's CD debut, was released in 2007. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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