In this video, Michael Ian Black treats us to a dramatic reading from his book, "My Custom Van, And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays that will Blow your Mind all over your Face."
Thank goodness for creepy ol' Shel Silverstein, otherwise sketchy dudes wouldn't be allowed to publish childrens' books. Watch as MIB reacts to the spontaneous reading of a negative Amazon user-review of his masterwork Chicken Cheeks.
Billionaire financier George Soros turns 79 today. Nina Zagat is turning 67. Writer/comedian Michael Ian Black is 38. The tannest man in Hollywood, George Hamilton, is turning 70. Evelyn Lauder, philanthropist, social staple, and wife of Leonard, is 73. Roger Hodge, the editor of Harper's, is turning 42. NYCLU executive director Donna Lieberman is 61. Legendary screenwriter William Goldman is turning 78. Casey Affleck is 34. Interiors man Jeffrey Beers is turning 53. Pete Sampras is 38. Scandal-plagued football player Plaxico Burress is turning 32. Publishing heir Robert Ziff is 43. Rebecca Gayheart is turning 38. Actress Dominique Swain is 29. And the rapper Sir Mix-a-Lot turns 46 today.
Michael Ian Black, comedian and VH1's go-to analyst of pop culture, has started an online feud with testosterone and beer-fueled guy blogger Tucker Max. Black challenged Tucker to a fight, Tucker accepted, and now they are both talking trash in a way advantageous to the promotion of Black's new book. This would all be cuter if Black didn't just try to start another online feud with David Sedaris, to promote the same book. These online publicity stunts are incredibly difficult to pull off without being annoying; below, a jaded look back at five that sucked the big one:
Last week, comedian/author/VH1 dude Michael Ian Black started a feud with memoirist David Sedaris in preparation for the release of his own book, My Custom Van: And 50 Other Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face. I decided to ask him about that, and a bunch of other things, at around the time of night when I used to watch Battlestar Galactica. The deeply insightful results after the jump.
Actor/comedian/VH1 fixture Michael Ian Black is sick to death of memoirist David Sedaris hogging all the best-seller lists for himself, so he's taking the NPR man down. To get the ball rolling on his would-be literary feud-and to promote his own book, My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face-Black offers suggestions on ways to belittle Sedaris in casual conversation. "Say, for example, you are at league bowling night and your buddy finds himself facing an easy pick-up for a spare. Just before he bowls say something like, 'Don't miss, Bob, or you might hear David Sedaris telling a long and humorous story about what a boob you are on 'This American Life.'"
If we were even slightly lamer than we are, we would start this post by saying "Freeze! Put your hands in the air...if you LOVE Reno 911!" But we're not that lame. We, like, totally rule. So we won't say that. We'll just mention that it's not every day that someone makes a movie based on a TV show without at least having Ben Stiller or Owen Wilson involved, so we were very excited to see that Reno 911!: Miami, coming out this Friday, was completely Stillson free. It's also not every day that you get to see the host of Clean House walking down Miami beach in a Baywatch one-piece and a fat suit. Style Network, HOLLA! After the jump, Kate photographs the Tribeca Cinema Series screening of Reno 911!: Miami, and Gabriel Delahaye does not review the movie.
As you may have already heard, CBS is expected to announce that Scottish actor Craig Ferguson will host The Late Late Show. It'll be hard for us to muster up enthusiasm for a new host we've never heard of for a show we've never watched, but we are sad that Michael Ian Black won't be filling the venerable seat vacated by Craig Kilborn earlier this year.