Sunday, April 22, 2012

Show for April 22, 2012: Comedian Michael Ian Black on Not Doing it Right

Michael Ian Black doesn’t usually reveal a lot about himself in his comedy. He’s generally more comfortable playing characters who at most manifest fragments of his personality, like the hilarious solipsism of “Michael Ian Black” in Michael and Michael Have Issues. His new memoir, You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations, is different. It’s bracingly candid, full of unromanticized and unflattering real-life detail. It never seems self-indulgent or confessional, though, and it’s both funny and insightful. Same goes for my conversation with Michael, in which we discussed all of the aforementioned humiliations.

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