Michael is often mistaken for a cast member from The Kids in the Hall.
The first music concert Michael attended was a Three Dog Night at the Garden State Arts Center when he was about six or seven.
Michael claims to be an excellent Scrabble player because he is constantly doing anagrams in his head.
Michael has says he rarely fights with the other two "Stellas" but they can be passive aggressive.
Michael has said that he doesn't wear shorts as short as the ones he wore in Wet Hot American Summer.
Michael Ian Black starred in Partners (2005).
Michael Ian Black co-created the series Viva Variety on Comedy Central. He also executive produced the show, wrote screenplay, and starred on the show.
Michael Ian Black has a habit of playing online internet poker.
Michael Ian Black contributes to McSweeny's Internet Tendency's column Michael Ian Black is a Very Famous Celebrity.
He has filmed many failed TV show's pilots.
He made his film debut in the movie Wet Hot American Summer as McKinley.
He has been a screenwriter for various shows/sketches.
In 2001, he hosted NBC's series Spy TV, which was a hidden-camera show.
He played an 80's-obsessed crooner named Johnny Bluejeans, the character sidekicked to Mr. Laupin in Viva Variety on Comedy Central.
He contributed to the book State by State with the other cast members of The State.
He was a writer and cast member for the comedy sketch The State, which was canceled after an unsuccessful move to CBS. The sketch lasted three years, and it is what Michael is best known for.
He appeared on VH1's VH1 Counts Down the Top 100 Toys of All Time as himself.
Michael's parents are Robert and Jill Schwartz who divorced when Michael was three.
He was in Big Helium Dog (1999).
He has been on Stella, Ed, MTV, The State, Spy TV, Crank Yankers, Viva Variety, and was a contestant on Celebrity Poker Showdown.
He went to high school in Hillsborough, New Jersey.
He is a comic and an actor, and he had his "big break" in 1991's Cults: Saying No Under Pressure, a Mormon educational film.
His father died from neurological surgery and a mysterious assault when Michael was seven.
Michael Ian Black's wife is Martha Hagen. They were married in 1998 and currently have two children, Elijah and Ruth.
The German word "schwarz" is what his birth name, Schwartz, is derived from. "Schwarz" means "Black" in English, his current last name.
Michael Ian Black's daughter Ruth was born in 2003.
Michael Ian Black's son Elijah was born in 2001.
Michael Ian Black left before graduating New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
Micheal Ian Black had a role in the movie "Alchemy" which starred Tom Cavanagh, who he knew from "Ed".
Michael Ian Black, David Wain, and Michael Showalter have all starred in Stella and also two movies: Wet Hot American Summer and The Baxter.
He was one of three stars on the short-lived series, Stella. The other two were David Wait and Michael Showalter. He also founded the series with these two stars.
MIB has been featured on every single episode of the I love the... series.
Michael Ian Black is Jewish and has often joked that he dropped his birth name because, he says, "I'm ashamed of my Jewishness."
Michael Ian Black is the voice of the sock puppet dog in the commercials for Pets.com.
Michael (on making Stella short films): They're all kind of equally boring to make, but I liked making the one in the woods with Paul Rudd because I got to use my son in it. He was six months old and had a bad cold, but that didn't stop from us stripping him naked and holding him upside down in forty degree weather. I'm an awesome dad.
Michael: I am a poker player, but I am not a good poker player. My favorite game is seven card stud, but I'll play hi/lo, Hold 'em, Razz, etc.
Michael Ian Black: Those VH1 shows are fun, but they can get tedious. There's only so much I can say about Strawberry Shortcake. After those shows, everybody started calling and asking if I wanted to be a talking head. The VH1 shows have been good in terms of visibility, and they do a good job with them and, well, I'm just so f*** hilarious on them. But I didn't want to be that guy.
Michael (on Billy Crystal): I have complicated and conflicted feelings about Bill. But we have a long history. We came up together in the seventies. In fact, when we were starting out at the Comedy Store in L.A., Billy, me and Robin Williams used to all room together. Billy was a terrible snorer, as you probably know, and he had a habit of giving unwanted hand jobs.