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How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black

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In this in-depth interview show, Black takes listeners into the minds of some of today’s most fascinating celebrities and newsmakers to discuss the process of how they became, well, amazing. Brought to you by PRX.
News for 2019

03:34 | Jan 16th

A short message from host Michael Ian Black.
#102 Kathy Griffin

56:48 | Jan 9th

Despite having endured a terrible year in the aftermath of her Trump photo controversy, the hilarious comedian kept everyone in the studio laughing. Kathy Griffin is without a doubt a survivor. She talks to Michael about her long road to success and ...Show More
#101 Bill Nye

49:17 | Dec 26th, 2018

Best known as the host of Emmy Award-winning show Bill Nye the Science Guy, and current host of the Netflix show *Bill Nye Saves the World, *he has been the public face of science and discovery for more than twenty years. In this nerdy and uproarious...Show More
#100 Terry Gross

1:11:39 | Dec 12th, 2018

For our 100th episode, Michael turns the tables on "the greatest interviewer of our time," a guest who we've had at the top of our wish list since the beginning. Terry Gross is the iconic host of the public radio show* Fresh Air,* where for over 40 y...Show More
#99 Jose Antonio Vargas

42:38 | Nov 28th, 2018

Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, and filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas, called “the most famous undocumented immigrant in America,” shares his story of discovering his status at age 16 and his journey in the decades that followed including his coming o...Show More
#98 Lynsey Addario

46:20 | Nov 14th, 2018

She’s one of this generation’s pre-eminent photojournalists, who covers wars and conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Darfur, among others; during which she’s been kidnapped twice. In this riveting conversation, the winner of a MacArthur Genius gra...Show More
#97 Kevin Allison

1:00:34 | Oct 31st, 2018

Michael sits down with friend and fellow member of The State for a nostalgic, hilarious, and honest conversation about their time together in the iconic sketch group. For more than a decade after the tv show ended, the comedian and storyteller strugg...Show More
#96 Maeve Higgins

54:56 | Oct 17th, 2018

The delightful and hilarious Irish-born comedian and writer sits down with Michael to discuss her passion for using her comedic voice to start conversations about immigration, environmental issues, and social justice. A star in her native Ireland, sh...Show More
#95 Hank Green

46:26 | Oct 3rd, 2018

In 2007, Hank Green along with his brother John, tried a Youtube experiment - for an entire year they made a video a day together - which they thought was a dumb idea. To their surprise, these videos quickly led to millions of fans. Eleven years late...Show More
#94 Zachary R. Wood

58:55 | Sep 19th, 2018

As president of his college group "Uncomfortable Learning," Zachary R. Wood attempted to bridge the gap between dissenting views by inviting controversial speakers to campus and was shut down by student protests. Now a recent graduate, and a new auth...Show More
#93 Tina M. Tchen

46:52 | Sep 5th, 2018

The former Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama and leader of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund talks about her time at the White House and her childhood growing up in 1960s Ohio as the daughter of Chinese refugees. With a sense of humor and po...Show More
#92 Jay and Mark Duplass

1:00:41 | Aug 22nd, 2018

In a very funny, touching, and creatively inspiring interview, the filmmakers discuss their incredibly close brotherly bond, how they never doubted success would happen, even though it took almost two decades to achieve, and how they had to learn how...Show More
#91 Carl Zimmer

59:26 | Aug 8th, 2018

The author of 13 books about evolution, neuroscience, biology, and most recently heredity, as well as the weekly “Matter” science column in the New York Times, discusses his accessible style of science storytelling, answering Michael’s burning questi...Show More
#90 Saru Jayaraman

39:21 | Jul 25th, 2018

The co-founder and president of ROC, Restaurant Opportunities Center United, Saru Jayaraman has devoted her career to improving the lives of restaurant workers. Her activism through legislation, initiatives, and conversation as well as her two books,...Show More
#89 Dan Pfeiffer

1:05:46 | Jul 11th, 2018

One of President Obama’s longest-serving staffers, first as Communications Director then as Senior Advisor, and present co-host of the wildly popular Pod Save America, Dan Pfeiffer discusses present-day politics through the unique lens of his experie...Show More
#88 Giada De Laurentiis

46:57 | Jun 27th, 2018

The Food Network star, bestselling cookbook author and now restaurateur tells Michael how her success all grew organically from her passion for cooking and not from a great ambition to be famous. But famous she is, and she now finds her life is a pus...Show More
#87 David Cross

1:05:40 | Jun 13th, 2018

The multi-talented actor, comedian, writer, and director sits down with Michael to discuss his journey from his first stand up performance as a teenager in Atlanta to his many memorable roles on Arrested Development, Mr. Show with Bob and David, and ...Show More
Introducing Obscure - Michael's new podcast

03:11 | Jun 8th, 2018

This is probably a terrible idea.” So begins the new podcast, “Obscure,” where comedian, actor, and writer Michael Ian Back reads the Thomas Hardy classic,Jude the Obscure,out loud and comments on it as he goes. Why is he doing this? Because his wife...Show More
#86 Michael Pollan

52:20 | May 30th, 2018

The author of many bestselling books about food including, among others, The Omnivore's Dilemma and* In Defense Of Food hasturned his attention to a new kind of consumption - psychedelic drugs. In this fun and informative interview, Pollan talks abou...Show More
#85 Nell Scovell

56:12 | May 16th, 2018

For more than thirty years, writer, producer, and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic TV shows such as Murphy Brown, The Simpsons, and Coach. In this lively and timely interview, she shares stories from her memoir Just the Funny ...Show More
#84 George C. Wolfe

43:39 | May 2nd, 2018

One of the greatest theater directors of all time, the gregarious and razor-sharp George C. Wolfe joins Michael in an in-depth and moving conversation about how his positive approach to life informs his work. For anyone who has struggled, been daunte...Show More
#83 Maira Kalman

1:00:14 | Apr 18th, 2018

The charming and hilarious illustrator, author, and designer Maira Kalman sits down for an inspiring conversation about how she follows her curiosity to create everything from books and *New Yorker *covers to illustrated blogs, purses, and set design...Show More
#82 Renée Fleming

49:15 | Apr 4th, 2018

The opera superstar, and “People’s Diva,” discusses how her constant need to learn and challenge herself has taken her from the biggest opera houses in the world, to her current role singing in Carousel on Broadway, and to working behind the scenes t...Show More
#81 David Roberts

55:04 | Mar 21st, 2018

One of the best Alaskan alpinists of his generation and most prolific American climbing authors with over 28 books to his name, David Roberts discusses the lure of adventure, the incredible risks that come with alpine climbing (including death), and ...Show More
#80 Tara Westover

1:10:04 | Mar 7th, 2018

In this heartbreaking yet hopeful episode, the author of the stunning new memoir Educated, opens up about growing up in a family of radical Mormon survivalists whose parents were opposed to traditional medical care and formal schooling.  She broke fr...Show More
#79 David Frum

1:02:20 | Feb 21st, 2018

The pundit, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, and author of several books, including the new bestseller Trumpocracy, discusses how he came to be a prominent voice for the conservative movement after growing up the son of a famous Cana...Show More
#78 Tig Notaro

1:12:30 | Feb 7th, 2018

In 2012, comedian Tig Notaro’s stand-up set, in which she boldly began with the line “Hello. Good evening. I have Cancer,” catapulted her into the national spotlight and led to numerous late show appearances, book and film deals. In this hilarious an...Show More
#77 Chris Thile

50:39 | Jan 24th, 2018

Widely recognized as one of the greatest mandolinists of all-time (which he amply demonstrated when he offered to play in studio), Chris Thile joins Michael for a fascinating conversation about how he blurs musical genres to create his unique style o...Show More
#76 Reza Aslan

55:11 | Jan 10th, 2018

What is God? What is faith? In this thought-provoking episode, Michael and one of today’s most renown religious thinkers and authors tackle some of the big questions and make us look hard at our own beliefs. Reza Aslan is the author of several best-s...Show More
#75 The Lumineers: Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites

1:00:52 | Dec 27th, 2017

Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, the two founding members of the band The Lumineers, talk about their years hustling to make it as a band and what happened after their song, “Ho Hey,” blew up making them international stars. They also discuss how...Show More
#74 Margaret Cho

54:10 | Dec 13th, 2017

The outspoken comedian, activist, and actress sits down with Michael for an honest and thought-provoking episode, which dives into topics ranging from her history with addiction, sexual abuse and racism to lighter topics like working together in the ...Show More
#73 Malcolm Nance

1:00:34 | Nov 29th, 2017

In a conversation Michael said he could have continued all day, he talks to the delightful American author and media commentator on terrorism, intelligence, insurgency and torture about his years in service, how he learned to speak multiple languages...Show More
#72 Alyssa Milano

1:03:08 | Nov 15th, 2017

In her podcast debut, the Charmed actress, philanthropist and entrepreneur opens up about the up and downs of navigating Hollywood after growing up on the hit TV show, Who’s The Boss.  The two Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later co-stars talk ev...Show More
#71 Eileen Myles

1:07:17 | Nov 1st, 2017

**The effortlessly cool author/poet and Michael have a candid, fascinating, emotionally raw discussion ranging from Eileen’s life growing up in a religious home in Cambridge, MA, Myles’ approach to gender (including eschewing the pronoun “she” for “t...Show More
#70 Taran Killam

56:36 | Oct 19th, 2017

The former Saturday Night Live cast member talks family life, creating celebrity impressions, and the day he learned his contract wasn’t being renewed.  Killamopens up about his life after leaving the iconic sketch show from his delightful turn as Ki...Show More
#69 DeRay Mckesson

1:01:51 | Oct 4th, 2017

Michael talks social justice and activism with the former teacher and current civil rights activist and organizer who has become among the best-known faces and voices and vests of the Black Lives Matter movement.  He’s one of the architects of Campai...Show More
#68 Laurie Metcalf

49:16 | Sep 20th, 2017

Widely recognized as one of America’s best actresses, the Emmy Award-winning star of Rosanne delves into a fascinating conversation about her genuine passion for the stage, creating characters and bringing a script to life.  In this engaging episode,...Show More
#67 Ina Garten

44:17 | Sep 6th, 2017

In 1978, Ina Garten took a huge risk and left her job as a budget analyst in the White House to pursue her dream working with food. She packed her bags, moved to the Hamptons, bought a specialty food store and "The Barefoot Contessa" was born. In thi...Show More
#66 Doug Stanhope

1:04:00 | Aug 24th, 2017

Doug Stanhope is considered the comedian’s comedian for his precise writing and insightful, often cynical, and controversial social and political comedy.  He’s also known for his use of drugs and alcohol. In this episode he talks to Michael about his...Show More
#65 Cecile Richards

51:28 | Aug 9th, 2017

The president of Planned Parenthood talks to Michael about how she got started in activism and organizing and what it was like growing up in conservative Dallas as the daughter of two outspoken liberals. She also delves into the important work Planne...Show More
#64 Pamela Paul

50:03 | Jul 26th, 2017

In a must listen episode for any person who loves to read, the editor of The New York Times Book Review is talking with Michael about writing, criticism and most of all, reading.  Her new book, the memoir My Life with Bob: Flawed Heroine Keeps Book o...Show More
#63 Andy Borowitz

1:01:30 | Jul 12th, 2017

The political satirist traces his route from failed sitcom writer to creating and writing the popular New Yorker column, The Borowitz Report, where his made-up musings on politics often go viral, and sometimes, even get taken seriously, especially in...Show More
#62 Katy Perry

39:41 | Jun 28th, 2017

One of pop music’s biggest stars - over the last ten years, she’s had 9 #1 hits, sold millions of albums, racked up billions of video views, and is the most followed person on Twitter - sits down with Michael to discuss growing up the daughter of ult...Show More
#61 Dean Karnazes

1:04:06 | Jun 14th, 2017

The man who ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days, among many other incredible feats, Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits. In this inspiring conversation he tells Michael how he discovered his love for endurance running, ...Show More
#60 Al Franken

1:01:11 | May 31st, 2017

The Senator from the great state of Minnesota discusses his new memoir, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, which traces his unlikely path from a 30 year career as a comedian, writing and starring at Saturday Night Live, to diving into politics after be...Show More
#59 W. Kamau Bell

55:02 | May 24th, 2017

The comedian, writer and host of the hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America has an often hilarious, frequently serious conversation with Michael about his years determined to break into comedy, what he needed to realize to finally achieve succe...Show More
#58 Charles Limb

1:00:47 | May 10th, 2017

Dr. Charles Limb has married his passion for music with his day job as a surgeon and neuroscientist and is studying the science of creativity. In his research Limb has started gathering some tantalizing clues about the mind’s activity during jazz and...Show More
#57 Annie Duke

43:31 | Apr 26th, 2017

Michael sits down with one of the world’s best known poker players to discuss her big wins and losses both at the table and in life, as well as her struggles being a woman in a male dominated profession. Of equal importance, Duke’s shares how she suc...Show More
#56 Judd Apatow

1:06:34 | Apr 20th, 2017

Judd Apatow is one of the most important influencers of comedy today. In this jam-packed episode, the writer, director and producer of such blockbusters as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up and This Is 40 traces the roots of his love of comedy, from...Show More
#55 Josh Groban

1:00:39 | Apr 12th, 2017

At the age of 17 a shy young man walked onto a stage to sing with Celine Dion and a star was born. In the almost 20 years since that moment, Josh Groban has gone on to sell over 25 million records and tour giant arenas all over the world. But while...Show More
#54 Daniel Handler

1:11:30 | Mar 29th, 2017

In one of our funniest interviews to date, Michael sits down with Daniel Handler, whose books have sold over 60 million books worldwide under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket, for a humorous and insightful conversation about the power of books and music....Show More
#53 Deborah Berke

49:28 | Mar 15th, 2017

Michael sits down with Deborah Berke, the first female dean at the Yale School of Architecture and founder of one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 companies of 2016, for a fascinating conversation about the role of architecture in everyday life. Be...Show More
#52 David Wain

1:03:16 | Mar 1st, 2017

Following a heartfelt conversation with Michael Showalter, Michael talks with the third member of his iconic group Stella for an equally memorable conversation about his career writing and directing films such as Wet Hot American Summer and They Came...Show More
#51 Grace Helbig

51:25 | Feb 15th, 2017

The YouTube star and bestselling author discusses how she stumbled into her successful career making funny videos watched by millions of viewers every week. A natural introvert, Helbig had to figure out a way to put herself out into the world and le...Show More
#50 Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

1:03:00 | Feb 1st, 2017

In this illuminating interview, Michael speaks to the millennial founder of MuslimGirl.net, the number one online publication for Muslim women in the United States, and the author of the new memoir, Muslim Girl, about her experience being a feminist,...Show More
#49 Andy Cohen

57:53 | Jan 18th, 2017

Michael sits down with the charming author, host of Watch What Happens: Live and executive producer of The Real Housewives for a lively discussion about how his passion for pop culture lead him to his dream job. Cohen dishes about his early days at C...Show More
#48 Michael Lewis

56:23 | Jan 4th, 2017

The bestselling author of The Blind Side, The Big Short, Moneyball and his newest, The Undoing Project, is known to be a master storyteller. He proves no different in this interview as he tells great stories about his years growing up in New Orleans ...Show More
#47 Neil deGrasse Tyson

58:48 | Dec 21st, 2016

In this wide ranging conversation, the world famous astrophysicist, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, television host, author and all around badass talks to Michael about how his early years opened his mind to the universe and laid the path to his ...Show More
#46 Ira Glass

1:09:18 | Dec 7th, 2016

From NPR intern to the creator, host, and Executive Producer of This American Life, one of the most popular shows on public radio, Ira Glass talks about what goes into making his weekly program, his approach to being "the boss" and he shares memories...Show More
#45 Mary Roach

1:05:45 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Michael sits down with the investigative journalist and bestselling author of Grunt, Stiff and Bonk for a humorous and insightful conversation about her unique research and writing process. While Roach does not possess a science degree, she has mana...Show More
About The Election…

04:14 | Nov 22nd, 2016

A message from Michael about how he's been feeling since Nov 8th.
#44 Sharon Horgan

58:01 | Nov 9th, 2016

The UK creator, writer and star of such BBC hits as Pulling and the current Catastrophe (also seen on Amazon) talks to Michael about realizing that she needed to create her own success and what her life is like now that she is working on two continen...Show More
#43 Al Roker

1:00:43 | Oct 26th, 2016

America's favorite weatherman talks to Michael about how he stumbled upon what became the career that he loves and would never give up, along with a frank conversation about his Today Show family and what that really means. In addition, the two chat ...Show More
#42 Daniel Kahneman

55:01 | Oct 12th, 2016

When Michael spoke to Five Thirty Eight's founder Nate Silver, he highly recommended Daniel Kahneman's groundbreaking book Thinking Fast and Slow. Now, Michael talks to Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning author and founder of behavioral economics, in ...Show More
#41 Sonia Manzano

56:01 | Sep 28th, 2016

On this episode, Michael talks with Sonia Manzano on the heels of her recent Lifetime Achievement Emmy. Manzano is best known as “Maria” on Sesame Street, a character she played for 44 years. In the humorous and heartfelt conversation, she opens up ...Show More
#40 Penn Jillette

44:50 | Sep 14th, 2016

Legendary magician and raconteur Penn Jillette has a keen eye for calling out the bullshit around him, but it took a dangerous health scare for him to realize his own eating habits were going to kill him if he didn't make drastic changes to his diet....Show More
#39 Harlan Coben

56:13 | Aug 31st, 2016

Best-selling author Harlan Coben has sold over 60 million books in 43 different languages. In this episode he talks to Michael in a remarkably practical way about how he does it - his writing process, how he dreams up his wildly imaginative and fun ...Show More
#38 Tim Gunn

1:01:49 | Aug 17th, 2016

The fashion therapist and Project Runway mentor chats with Michael about his journey from an art student to one of the most trusted names in the fashion world. In this deeply personal and heartfelt conversation Gunn opens up about his struggles with ...Show More
#37 Valerie Plame

1:01:11 | Aug 3rd, 2016

As a spy, Valerie Plame’s job was for nobody to know her identity. All that changed when members of George W. Bush’s administration outed her to a reporter in retaliation for her husband public criticism of the Bush administration’s use of intellige...Show More
#36 Michael Showalter

1:03:33 | Jul 20th, 2016

Michael sits down with his friend and fellow member of the comedy troupes The State and Stella for a lively, hilarious and moving conversation about finding your voice in the entertainment industry. The two reminisce about their early days on MTV, an...Show More
#35 Wayne Pacelle

49:54 | Jul 5th, 2016

Wayne Pacelle took his childhood love of animals and made a career, you might even call it a crusade, helping them. As the President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States, Pacelle has learned to be a master strategizer to push change, s...Show More
#34 Lauren Mayberry

56:40 | Jun 22nd, 2016

The lead singer, co-producer and co-writer of the Scottish pop band Chvrches talks to Michael about her journey from being a law school student and journalist in Glasgow to performing in front of thousands of people. Her openness about what it's enta...Show More
#33 Dan Savage

1:00:14 | Jun 8th, 2016

America’s leading sex advice columnist known for his popular Savage Love column and podcast talks to Michael about how growing up a closeted gay person in a religious Catholic family prepared him for the job of letting people know they are normal, no...Show More
#32 Memorial Day Special: Bryan Doerries

55:58 | May 30th, 2016

Bryan Doerries is possibly the least likely defense contractor who has ever existed (background in the classics, and the kid of psychologists), but has become responsible for one of the biggest collaborations in history between the U.S. Military and ...Show More
#31 Krista Tippett

57:15 | May 25th, 2016

Krista Tippett has devoted her professional life to asking the big questions on her show, On Being. Questions about faith and science and love and how we should live our lives are posed in such an engaging, thought-provoking way that it's no wonder ...Show More
#30 Max Brooks

54:23 | May 11th, 2016

When you grow up the only child of two very famous parents, most people don’t expect much from you, but Max Brooks wanted to prove to himself that he was more than just “Mel Brook’s kid.” After trying his hand at various pursuits, he channeled his l...Show More
#29 Suzy Favor-Hamilton

57:42 | Apr 26th, 2016

Suzy Favor-Hamilton was propelled into the spotlight at a young age as a talented middle distance runner. She went on to become a three-time Olympian. But as her running career came to an end, she experienced extreme mania from bipolar disorder whic...Show More
#28 Jim Gaffigan

58:48 | Apr 13th, 2016

In his early years as a comedian, Jim Gaffigan struggled to find his own comedic point of view. It took him years to figure out that his best work meant being comfortable as his clean self and having faith that funny is funny, even without profanity...Show More
#27 Audra McDonald

54:46 | Mar 30th, 2016

The record-breaking, six-time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald went from a hyper-active kid performing in the local dinner theater to Broadway mega-star. In this episode, Michael chats with her about failed auditions, letting go of her idea ...Show More
#26 Chuck Klosterman

49:41 | Mar 16th, 2016

Chuck Klosterman is best known for his wildly popular books on music and pop cultural including the mega hits “Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto” and “Killing Yourself to Live,” in which he writes about subjects he is passionate abo...Show More
#25 John Leguizamo

49:05 | Mar 2nd, 2016

Actor and playwright John Leguizamo has become famous for being an open book, which is apparent in his critically acclaimed one-man shows that chronicle his life from troublemaker to film star. In his conversation with Michael, he talks seriously abo...Show More
#24 Naomi Klein

1:00:09 | Feb 17th, 2016

Michael talks to Naomi Klein, an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, and her latest This Changes Ev...Show More
#23 Dan Harris

44:33 | Feb 3rd, 2016

After years of covering wars oversee, it was reading the news on Good Morning America that nearly did in newsman Dan Harris after he suffered a major panic attack live on air. His nationally televised wake-up call forced him to stop self-medicating ...Show More
#22 Baratunde Thurston

59:49 | Jan 20th, 2016

Baratunde Thurston co-founded Cultivated Wit and the About Race podcast, and he wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black. Baratunde is a highly sought-after public speaker and thought leader who has been part of noteworthy institutions suc...Show More
#21 Felicia Day

1:01:59 | Jan 7th, 2016

When Felicia Day moved to Hollywood after being a musical and math prodigy in college, she expected that being an actress would be as easy. She was not used to failing. But until she figured out that she had to carve her own career by writing and s...Show More
#20 David Sedaris Part 2 Family

23:32 | Dec 30th, 2015

In Part 2 of Michael’s interview with David Sedaris, they talk about growing up Sedaris and how his relationship with his father motivated him to be the writer he is today.
#19 David Sedaris Part 1Money

29:33 | Dec 23rd, 2015

NPR Humorist and Best-selling Author of "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and "When You Are Engulfed in Flames," author David Sedaris became a household name in his mid-thirties after public radio broadcast his iconic holiday story "SantaLand Diaries.” 20 yea...Show More
#18 Alexis Ohanian

56:28 | Dec 9th, 2015

In his early 20's Alexis Ohanian and his partner Steve Huffman started the popular social media site Reddit.com which made him a millionaire after they sold the site to Condé Nast in 2006. Ohanian has gone on to be a internet entrepreneur, activist ...Show More
#17 Bobcat Goldthwait

56:18 | Nov 25th, 2015

In the late 80's and 90's Bobcat Goldthwait was one of the biggest comedians in the US. His trademark voice and sharp black comedy led him to financial success in Hollywood films and videos, but he was miserable. At the height of his so-called succ...Show More
#16 Ingrid Michaelson

1:00:23 | Nov 11th, 2015

Ingrid Michaelson is the best-selling recording artist of such hits as "Girls Chase Boys" and "The Way I Am." While her voice certainly qualifies her as amazing, it's the path she chose to follow as a recording artist that is so interesting. Michae...Show More
#15 A.D. Miles

57:01 | Oct 28th, 2015

In this episode, Michael chats with A.D. Miles about his journey from prop stylist to his current job as head writer for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The Wet, Hot American Summer co-stars discuss everything from being booed off the stage,...Show More
#14 Tom Colicchio

43:13 | Oct 13th, 2015

Superstar chef Tom Colicchio went from flipping grilled cheese in his barefeet at a concession stand to overseeing a restaurant empire. When he’s not busy in his own kitchens he can be found judging the hit Bravos show, Top Chef, working to fund foo...Show More
#13 Chris Hardwick

59:02 | Sep 30th, 2015

King of the nerds, Chris Harwick, sits down with Michael to explain how he figured out his life. The talk show host and CEO of Nerdist Industries got his start on the MTV game show Singled Out. After several years of abusing alcohol and not being ab...Show More
#12 Megan Mullally

53:18 | Sep 16th, 2015

After barely paying her rent for years trying to make it as an actress, Megan Mullally hit the big time playing the wealthy, alcoholic socialite Karen Walker on the Emmy Award winning TV sitcom Will & Grace. Only a handful of actors get to experien...Show More
#11 Nate Silver

52:20 | Sep 2nd, 2015

In this episode, Michael talks with Nate Silver, the founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight.com, who is a statistical celebrity. His take on data is not only accessible and fascinating to those of us who flunked algebra, but it's correct and...Show More
#10 Frank Rich

52:40 | Aug 19th, 2015

In this episode, Michael hears about the fascinating life of Frank Rich whose career includes stints as the Chief Theater Critic for The New York Times, then moving departments to become their Op-Ed columnist and now being the Executive Producer of o...Show More
#9 Miranda July

55:02 | Aug 5th, 2015

Award-winning filmmaker, writer and multimedia artist, Miranda July seems to have dreams of conquering the world. Unlike most of us, she has wicked follow-through that demands the world's attention in the best way. Her unusual childhood has left her...Show More
#8 Brian Greene

33:39 | Jul 22nd, 2015

In this episode, Michael takes listeners into the world of the theoretical physicist and string theorist, Brian Greene, who has the unusual gift for not only understanding some of the world's most difficult mathematical equations, but being able to e...Show More
#7 Carl Tanner

58:41 | Jul 8th, 2015

Operatic tenor, Carl Tanner, spent years hiding his voice, first as a truck driver and then bounty hunter until he finally decided to put the guns down and pursue his incredible talent. Today he sings on the biggest opera stages in the world. His f...Show More
#6 Amy Schumer

57:02 | Jun 23rd, 2015

Michael sits down with his friend and fellow comedian, Amy Schumer
#5 Kevin Smith

51:36 | Jun 9th, 2015

Michael takes us into the world of the fascinating, profane, indie movie director, Kevin Smith, who helped change the world of movie-making with his first film, Clerks. For anyone who has had a dream and failed, and failed again...and again, this gu...Show More
#4 Bob Odenkirk

1:03:11 | May 26th, 2015

Actor, comedian and author Bob Odenkirk talks about his professional journey starting as a brash young writer for Saturday Night Live, to working as one half of the HBO cult comedy series, Mr. Show with Bob and David, to becoming a break out star in ...Show More
#3 Tavi Gevinson

58:37 | May 26th, 2015

Michael meets Tavi Gevinson, who while still a teen, now oversees a staff of fifty people at her magazine Rookie which grew out of her popular fashion blog, Style Rookie (which she began at age 11). In this conversation, we learn how Tavi is success...Show More
#2 Lin-Manuel Miranda

58:43 | May 26th, 2015

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the the Tony Award winning-lyricist who's musical In the Heights catapulted him on the Broadway scene at a very young age and is now taking his new hit, Hamilton, the hip-hop, pop, rap musical about the Founding Fathers , to Broad...Show More
#1 Elizabeth Gilbert

56:02 | May 26th, 2015

The best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love (among many other great works) Elizabeth Gilbert talks to Michael about creative process - her own and others who have inspired her in this interview that covers some big topics, peppered with lots of laughs...Show More
Welcome to How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black

02:13 | May 11th, 2015

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