Actor / Comedian Michael Ian Black

Welcome Michael Ian Black!

We’re joined on the Starline by a man of many talents, actor, comedian, award-winning children’s book author, podcaster and more. But he’s also a dad sending his son off to college. We’re joined by Michael Ian Black welcome

Let’s go Beyond the Mic your Book “A Better Man” serves as part memoir, part advice book. Why was this important to write down for your son and for you?

How has raising your son through school shootings, gun violence, gender issues and one of the most politically toxic times change you?

We first noticed you when you played the character Phil Stubbs in the NBC show Ed. How has your acting & comedy changed over the last 20 years?

Author Michael Ian Black’s new book is “A Better Man” and he joins us Beyond the Mic. You break down masculinity in your book and give an amazing measure for us to examine. The “Infinite Axis of Masculinity” Even though it is infinite could you give me two points on extreme ends?

How many of these lessons have you in one way or another tried to show your son Elijah before the book?

Reading about your family vacations brought me back to the bright yellow station wagon that my dad would drive us in as we search for some educational spot Mom wanted us to see. How did your vacations as a youth change the way you raised your own son? Was it like, “I’m gonna torture you like Grandpa used to torture me.”


Author Michael Ian Black’s new book is “A Better Man” and he joins us Beyond the Mic. One of the best lines in the book and you may be offended by picking this one line out as the best line.  “How many times have you seen some movie character spit into the dust and mutter something like, ‘I ain’t afraid of nothin’? Son, I’m here to tell you, that man is a goddamned liar.” Talk to me about fear.

Have you dismantled the Elijah’s loft bed yet and have you considered other uses for his bedroom now that he’s off to college?

Other than the book, what other things did you get your son before he left for college?

How has the pandemic quarantine changed the way you do things?

Who is the one comedian that changed the way you looked at comedy?

The Rockin’ 8

Time is running out, so it’s time for the Rockin’ 8, 8 random questions, answer with the first thing that comes to your mind.

There is no Pressure.

1. Favorite starting hand in no limit poker?

2. One thing you do that drives your wife Martha crazy? How do you rearrange them, in order of freshness, alphabetical…?

3. Favorite movie that you weren’t in is?

4. Which is harder sandwich artist or cameo artist?

5. Project you’ve worked on that didn’t get the attention you thought it should?

6. How do you like eggs cooked?

7. What charity foundation is important to you?

8. Quien es mas macho, Ricardo Monteblan o Chuck Liddell?

Where can people get “A Better Man?”

He is man of many talents, loves starting out no limit holdem poker with Aces, rearranges condiments in the refrigerator and loves scrambled eggs. His latest book A Better Man is available now. Thank you so much to Michael Ian Black for taking the time to talk with me today.

And that my friends is Beyond the Mic.

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