Synopses & Reviews
From the comedian who brought you Stella and The State, Michael Ian Black delivers a collection of irreverent essays that say the kinds of things you’re afraid to admit. Here he is: naked, exposed, a little chilly, and understandably shriveled.
As a husband and father living in the suburbs, Michael asks the question so many of us ask at one point or another: How did I end up here? (And also: If Fat Kevin Federline succumbs to his own wasted potential, what does that mean for the rest of us?) The answers to these questions, and others that you probably would have never thought to ask, are painstakingly detailed here, in this debut memoir.
Darkly humorous and told with raw honesty, Michael takes on his childhood, his marriage, his children, and his career with unexpected candor and deadpan wit in this funny-because-it’s-true essay collection. He shares the neuroses that have plagued him since childhood and how they shaped him into the man he is today. From how his lesbian feminist mother raised him to be a tough but sensitive New Seventies Man like Alan Alda to how he backed into marrying his wife by breaking up with her first, and how he learned to use Santa Claus as a “Bad Cop” threat to control his kids year round, this is “an amusing look at masculine insecurity and confusion” (Kirkus Reviews).
“All these years, Michael Ian Black has not gotten enough credit for what a good writer he is. This book is charming and good company and—best of all—amazingly honest. And really, really funny, of course—though you probably already guessed at that part.”
— Ira Glass, This American Life
"Memorable and funny. . . . An amusing look at masculine insecurity and confusion."
“This book is so frank, so full of amusingly embarrassing confessions, I should probably be giving Michael Black a hug instead of a blurb.”
—Sarah Vowell, New York Times bestselling author and essayist
“It’s no surprise that Michael Ian Black’s book is hysterical. But I was surprised by how heartfelt and touching his memoir is. It’s true: Michael Ian Black has emotions!”
—A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All
"I loved My Custom Van. But I loved You're Not Doing It Right even more. Reading this book felt like taking a long road trip with Michael himself—which I’ve done. And I actually recommend the book more. Touching, hilarious, and truthful all at once. What else do you want, America?"
—Mike Birbiglia, New York Times bestselling author of Sleepwalk with Me
"Dear Michael Ian Black: please stop writing things in books that I wish I had written myself, it's starting to make me feel bad. Also, would you like to be friends someday? I sure would."
—Samantha Bee, senior correspondent on The Daily Show and author of I Know I Am But What Are You?
"Michael Ian Black is one of the finest comedy minds of our generation and a master at assembling words in a hilariously pleasing way. You would have to be a vapid crapsack not to enjoy this book."
FINALLY, Michael Ian Black—suburban husband, father, and very famous comedian—ponders the question so many of us ask ourselves: How did I end up here? With deadpan wit and unexpected candor, Michael delivers a darkly funny-because-it’s-true take on his childhood, marriage, children, and career.
Here he is—the brilliant mind behind Stella and The State: NAKED, EXPOSED, A LITTLE CHILLY, AND UNDERSTANDABLY SHRIVELED.
About the Author
Michael Ian Black is a writer, comedian, and actor who has created and starred in many television series, including Michael and Michael Have Issues, Stella, and The State. He also starred in the NBC television show Ed and on VH1’s I Love The... series. He wrote the screenplay for the film Run, Fatboy, Run and wrote and directed the film Wedding Daze. Michael regularly tours the country as a stand-up comedian and is the bestselling author of the book My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face) and the children’s books Chicken Cheeks, The Purple Kangaroo, A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea, I’m Bored, Naked!, and Cock-a-Doodle-Doo-Bop. Michael lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.