Michael Ian Black
Black is known for his comedy troupe, Stella; his MTV show, The State; his character Phil the bowling alley guy on Ed; as well as his work on VH1's I Love the ... series. He just might be the funniest Renaissance man ever, and he's not done yet. On the heels of his marriage memoir, You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations, this month Black is releasing America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom, co-authored with Meghan McCain. The pair, she the conservative 20-something daughter of former presidential candidate John McCain, he the liberal 40-something atheist, team up on a cross country trek, studying America while talking politics. Stay tuned for McCain, too. She'll be featured in Nightstand on June 24.
What's on your nightstand?
Brad Taylor's One Rough Man, because if you want to be an assassin, as I do, you have to read literature.
And what ideas have you gotten out of it?
No techniques I didn't already know.
When you look back in history, who's your favorite assassin?
Well, I cannot say, because we never know who the best ones are, do we?
Where do you get your political news?
I do get a ton of my political entertainment from conservative talk radio, which I must love on some level because I listen to it constantly, but consciously I hate it. Along with that, I also read the New York Times every day, and I listen to NPR and I read political websites, both conservative and liberal. This is certainly my bias, but I feel like the right's websites are not as good as the left's. I think the left is better on the Web.
Was it your idea to team up with Meghan McCain for America, You Sexy Bitch?
The idea was mine, but in reality it was created through a dialogue between the two of us.
Is it safe to say that when times are tough, people are funnier?
Yes, difficult times do make people funnier because there's no reason to be funny if things are going well.
Piper Castillo, Times staff writer, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.