Michael Ian Black

Actor, Screenwriter, Comedian
Michael Ian Black's strange career trajectory has taken the slight, dark-haired actor-writer-comedian from hip MTV icon to beloved sock puppeteer to a scene-stealing supporting character on the hit NBC series "Ed" ... Read more »
Born: 08/11/1971 in New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (66)

Another Period 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Inside Amy Schumer 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Smosh: The Movie 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Jim Gaffigan Show 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Helium Dog 2014 (Movie)

Martin Huber (Actor)

Duck Quacks Don't Echo 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Maron 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

Riot 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

They Came Together 2014 (Movie)

Trevor (Actor)

Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Host

Burning Love 1997 - 2005, 2007 - 2008, 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Host

Celebrity Poker Showdown 1997 - 2005, 2007 - 2008, 2011 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Hell Baby 2013 (Movie)

Dr. Marshall (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1993 - 1994, 1997 - 2005, 2007 - 2008, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Burn with Jeff Ross 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Would You Rather? With Graham Norton 1997 - 2005, 2007 - 2008, 2011 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Robot Chicken 2006, 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Late Show With David Letterman 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

This Is 40 2012 (Movie)

Accountant (Actor)

Wanderlust 2012 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Rocco's Dinner Party 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Take Me Home Tonight 2011 (Movie)

Pete Bering (Actor)

Mercy 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Michael and Michael Have Issues 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Reaper 2008 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Lawyer Walks into a Bar 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Camp Chaos Presents VH1 Ill-ustrated 1998 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

Crank Yankers 1998 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Voice

I Love the New Millennium 1998 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reality Bites Back 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Host

Reno 911! 2003 - 2004, 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Spin City 1997 - 2005, 2007 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reno 911: Miami 2007 (Movie)

Ron of Ron's Tattoo (Actor)

The Ten 2007 (Movie)

Prison Guard Jambert Saivon (Actor)

I Love the '80s: 3D 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the Holidays 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Partner(s) 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '90s: Part Deux 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Stella 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Baxter 2005 (Movie)

Ed (Actor)

The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn 1998 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Host

Tom Goes to the Mayor 2005 (Tv Show)

Voice

Boomer Nation 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Ed 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love The '90s 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '80s Strikes Back 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reel Comedy: Stuck on You 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

The 13th Annual IFP Gotham Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Host

VH1 Big in '03 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

I Love the '70s 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC's Funniest Out-Takes #2 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Road Trip: Los Angeles 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy TV 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

TNN's Lifegame 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

Wet Hot American Summer 2001 (Movie)

McKinley (Actor)

Random Play 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Viva Variety 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The Viva in Vegas Special 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The State 1993 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The State's 43rd Annual Halloween Special 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Alchemy (TV Show)

Voice

Comedy Bang! Bang! (Tv Show)

Actor

I Love the '80s (TV Show)

Actor

Us & Them (Tv Show)

Actor
Writer (4)

Run, Fat Boy, Run 2008 (Movie)

(Story By)

Run, Fat Boy, Run 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Wedding Daze 2006 (Movie)

(Spec) (Screenplay)

I'm Your Man 1992 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (1)

Wedding Daze 2006 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy 2013 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

Michael Ian Black's strange career trajectory has taken the slight, dark-haired actor-writer-comedian from hip MTV icon to beloved sock puppeteer to a scene-stealing supporting character on the hit NBC series "Ed" (2000- ). The New Jersey native hooked up with fellow performers while attending New York University and formed a comedy troupe with a skewed, surrealistic approach to sketch comedy. Initially called 'The New Group', the collective became well-known at NYU, opening for campus guests like Dennis Miller before undergoing name changes, first being redubbed 'The State: Full-Frontal Comedy' and finally going by just 'The State'. Black and his cohorts shopped the group's brand of comedy to MTV, who initially passed but offered them the opportunity to write, produce and star in skits on the network's series "You Wrote It, You Watch It" (1992), which dramatized events submitted by viewers. They made the most of the next-to-nothing budget, and their wacky take on often average events set the tone for the short-lived show hosted by Jon Stewart.

Relationships

Elijah Black

Son
born c. January 2001

Martha Hagen

Wife
born c. 1969 met while she worked for "The State"

Robert Schwartz

Father
divorced from Black's mother died of injuries sustained in an assault c. 1982

Jill Schwartz

Mother
divorced from Black's father c. 1976

EDUCATION

New York University

New York , New York

Milestones

2004

Will guest host CBS' "The Late Late Show" to fill in for the departed Craig Kilborn

2003

Voiced Al Foster on Comedy Central's "Crank Yankers"

2001

Appeared in the comedy feature "Wet Hot American Summer" directed, scripted and co-starring fellow members of 'The State'; screened at Sundance

2001

Was featured in the Internet live-action series "Stella"

2001

Hosted the NBC summer series "Spy TV"

2000

Played a quirky bowling alley employee in the NBC sitcom "Ed"

2000

"Stella" resumed its regular status for a limited holiday run

2000

Reunited with all other ten members of 'The State' for a performance at the New York Comedy Film Festival (November)

1998

Guested on an episode of "Spin City" (ABC)

1995

Starred in the CBS special "The State's 43rd Annual Halloween Special"

1994

Starred on the MTV sketch comedy series "The State"

1994

Had a guest role on an episode of "NYPD Blue" (ABC)

1992

Co-wrote the screenplay for the experimental short "I'm Your Man", billed as the first truly interactive motion picture experience

1992

Wrote, produced and starred in sketches for the MTV series "You Wrote It, You Watch It", hosted by Jon Stewart

1988

Formed the comedy troupe 'The New Group' (later renamed 'The State: Full-Frontal Comedy' and finally just 'The State')

Voiced the Pets.com sock puppet dog in a series of popular television commercials

Appeared in the independent comedy feature "Big Helium Dog" (filmed in 1997)

Was a regular on the Comedy Central series "Viva Variety", starring alongside fellow "The State" veterans Kerri Kenney and Thomas Lennon

With Michael Showalter and David Wain, fellow members of The State, hosted and starred in "Stella", a regular comedy showcase staged at the New York nightclub Fez, boasting guest stars including Janeane Garofalo and Jon Stewart

Raised in Hillsborough, New Jersey

Bonus Trivia

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"I'm 22 years old and I have a show on MTV. If it all blows over tomorrow, I'll say, 'Hey, a job well done.'" --Michael Ian Black to USA Today, March 31, 1994.

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"I'm Michael Ian Black, but my real name is Michael Schwartz, which I changed because I am ashamed of being Jewish." --an example of Black's humor, quoted in "The Personal State", a skit on a 1995 episode of "The State".

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"'Beaches' is so good, it deserves to win every year."-- Black's response to Entertainment Weekly's question, "What should win the Best Picture Oscar this year?", quoted in the January 27, 1995 issue.

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"It's just a bad sign when you're laughing too hard at your own material. You know it's coming from somewhere very secret in your head, and probably doesn't have a lot to do with the group." --Black on writing sketch comedy, quoted in Details, February 1996.

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