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Get ready for the read of your life. Never before has a single book combined awesome vans, unicorns, Billy Joel, and erotic fiction in such a potent combination. A writing tour de force? Perhaps. A reading experience that will sear itself into your consciousness like a red-hot branding iron? Without question.

Comedian and basic cable superstar Michael Ian Black unleashes the full fury of his astonishing intellect in this collection of short comic essays. My Custom Van is a no-holds-barred assault to the funny bone that will literally beat you into submission with hilarity*.

How did he do it? How did he create such a fine anthology? Answer: With love. Michael opened his heart and used the magical power of love to write more than fifty thought-provoking essays like, "Why I Used a Day-Glo Magic Marker to Color My Dick Yellow," and "An Open Letter to the Hair Stylist Who Somehow Convinced Me to Get a Perm When I Was in Sixth Grade."

Maybe you think love is not a substitute for "good writing skills" and "spell check." Bull pucky! When it comes to writing books, love is the most powerful word processor of all.

Sounds pretty great, right? And yet...something is still holding you back from paying the full purchase price of this book. What is it? Perhaps you secretly believe you do not deserve a book this good. Nonsense — you deserve this book and so much more. In fact, if Michael could have written you all the stars in the sky, that's what he would have done. But he couldn't do that, due to his lack of knowledge in the area of astronomy. So he wrote this book instead.

And this flap copy.

Enjoy.

* Michael Ian Black is not responsible for any actual injuries caused by reading this book.

Review:

"Stand-up comedian and character actor Black debuts with an amusing collection of essays....[T]he best entries, like his take on the 'Infinite Monkey Probability Theorem,' are mini comic gems..." Kirkus Reviews

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"Michael Ian Black has proven that even the most simple-minded among us can occasionally create works of genius." Stephen Colbert

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"This is a great book for shut-ins, for people who like to laugh at sentences, and people who like to move their belongings from place to place. In fact, anyone who likes to pack or ship anything will find a lot to like in these pages." Dave Eggers

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"Like all custom vans, Michael Ian Black's book is customized to fit all your needs and wants for the journey of your life. It's luxurious, entertaining, spooky, disturbing, and hilarious. Devil's in the details! It's stocked with tacos, vampires, squirrels, a cleaning lady, scented candles, salami, tundra, and a foreword by Abe Lincoln himself — now that's Class with a capital C. Enjoy the ride of your lifetime." Amy Sedaris

Review:

"Fun to read while you're pooping." Sarah Silverman

Review:

"Michael Ian Black speaks to the laughless in all of us and asks, 'Why aren't you laughing?' Then he takes the laughless in all of us roughly by the shoulders and insists that we laugh, usually by writing exceedingly funny and compelling essays such as those included in this volume." John Hodgman

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"Michael Ian Black is so wrong that he's right." Lewis Black

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"I always walk away jealous and a little fearful of Michael Ian Black's sharp comedic wit. If you like your comedy dry, absurd, and unforced, you will love this book." Jim Gaffigan

Synopsis:

As star and co-creator of The State and a regular on VH1's I Love the '80s series, Black has earned a stellar reputation for his sardonic, straight-faced humor. My Custom Van is his debut collection of hilariously irreverent essays.

About the Author

Michael Ian Black has starred in many television series and films including Stella, The State, Wet Hot American Summer, Viva Variety, Vh1's I Love the... series, and NBC's Ed. He wrote the screenplay for Run, Fat Boy Run, and wrote and directed the film Wedding Daze. Michael is also a popular stand-up comedian and world champion poker player (not true). He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two kids. This is his first book.

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Sharon Wilson, November 7, 2008 (view all comments by Sharon Wilson)
I made the mistake of reading this book on the bus. I was trying not to bother my fellow commuters so I was constantly biting my bottom lip to keep from laughing out loud too much. Biting my lower lip resulted in silent convulsions. I couldn’t stop laughing (convulsing) and pretty soon I was in tears – tears of joy.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416964056
Subtitle:
And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays that Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face
Author:
Black, Michael Ian
Publisher:
Simon Spotlight Entertainment
Subject:
Form - Essays
Subject:
Form - Anecdotes
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
American wit and humor
Subject:
American - General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20080715
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 240 pages Simon Spotlight Entertainment - English 9781416964056 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Stand-up comedian and character actor Black debuts with an amusing collection of essays....[T]he best entries, like his take on the 'Infinite Monkey Probability Theorem,' are mini comic gems..."
"Review" by , "Michael Ian Black has proven that even the most simple-minded among us can occasionally create works of genius."
"Review" by , "This is a great book for shut-ins, for people who like to laugh at sentences, and people who like to move their belongings from place to place. In fact, anyone who likes to pack or ship anything will find a lot to like in these pages."
"Review" by , "Like all custom vans, Michael Ian Black's book is customized to fit all your needs and wants for the journey of your life. It's luxurious, entertaining, spooky, disturbing, and hilarious. Devil's in the details! It's stocked with tacos, vampires, squirrels, a cleaning lady, scented candles, salami, tundra, and a foreword by Abe Lincoln himself — now that's Class with a capital C. Enjoy the ride of your lifetime."
"Review" by , "Fun to read while you're pooping."
"Review" by , "Michael Ian Black speaks to the laughless in all of us and asks, 'Why aren't you laughing?' Then he takes the laughless in all of us roughly by the shoulders and insists that we laugh, usually by writing exceedingly funny and compelling essays such as those included in this volume."
"Review" by , "Michael Ian Black is so wrong that he's right."
"Review" by , "I always walk away jealous and a little fearful of Michael Ian Black's sharp comedic wit. If you like your comedy dry, absurd, and unforced, you will love this book."
"Synopsis" by , As star and co-creator of The State and a regular on VH1's I Love the '80s series, Black has earned a stellar reputation for his sardonic, straight-faced humor. My Custom Van is his debut collection of hilariously irreverent essays.
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