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Talking to Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter About Their Podcast 'Topics' and Other Stuff

In the increasingly competitive world of comedic podcasting, earning the title of "must-listen" can be quite challenging. With an abundance of engaging options available to occupy your 9-5, a discerning ear is essential to remain up-to-date on the very best in audio entertainment. Earwolf, arguably the industry’s leading tastemaker in comedy podcasts, recently added the sophisticated humor of frequent collaborators Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter to their all-star roster by agreeing to host their previously independent podcast, Topics. A comedy podcast set in the non-traditional world of intellectual debate, Topics eschews a number of traditional podcasting norms to create a droll, uniquely entertaining experience certainly worthy of [...]

Michael Ian Black Cast in 'Gaffigan'

Michael Ian Black has been cast in Jim Gaffigan's CBS sitcom Gaffigan, a source involved with the pilot tells Splitsider. Black will play Daniel, the gay best friend and former boyfriend of Jim's wife Jeannie, who was played in the original pilot by Oscar winner Mira Sorvino. Black's character will serve as the classier and more polished alternative to the much schlubbier Gaffigan; the character was swapped in place of a drag queen character from the original pilot who was Jim's best friend.

Gaffigan's sitcom has had a strange year. After making our list of "9 Comedy Pilots We Hope Get Picked Up This Year," CBS passed on [...]

Going Back to Stuckeyville: Looking Back at 'Ed'

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.

What if David Letterman produced a show featuring a guy from The State, one of the funny actors from Modern Family, and the Mac [...]

Listen to Michael Ian Black Interview Marc Maron

Gothamist had Michael Ian Black interview Marc Maron in advance of Maron's new IFC show, and it proves to be as contentious as any conversation between Michael Ian Black and Marc Maron. Listen to the full audio below or head over to Gothamist to read the nonstop barrage of insults and apologies for yourself.

Check Out Michael Ian Black's New Adult Swim Show 'You're Whole' Right Here

Here's the first episode of Michael Ian Black's new Adult Swim show You're Whole, a phony 11-minute self-improvement infomercial he stars in as ponytailed sleazebag Randall Tyree Mandersohn. Black wrote the series with Stella/State buddy Michael Showalter directing. Adult Swim produced three episodes, which will be airing at 4am over the next three weeks. The first episode (above) will be playing on Adult Swim at 4am M-F this week, with the second episode airing at that time every day next week, and the third the week after.

Adult Swim is no stranger to airing fake infomercials created by comedians early in the morning. Three years ago, David Cross and Jon [...]

This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Michael Ian Black's and Michael Showalter's 'Topics' Joins Earwolf

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we'll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

Topics with Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter – The Little Things

ZOE: The Michaels [...]

Michael Ian Black Will Be a Series Regular on the New Fox Sitcom 'Us & Them'

There's going to be a little bit of a The State reunion on TV this season. Michael Ian Black has been added as a series regular on Fox's midseason sitcom Us & Them, in which he'll play the brother of a character played by fellow State alum Kerri Kenney, THR reports. Black was a guest star in the pilot, but was bumped up to series regular status for subsequent episodes.

This is Black's first regular TV role since the short-lived Michael & Michael Have Issues, which he starred in with The State's Michael Showalter for Comedy Central in 2009. A remake of the BBC series Gavin & Stacey, [...]

How Stella Kicked Off the Internet Comedy Boom

Because we live in a time of comedic plenty, it’s hard to remember what life was like before the comedy boom. YouTube was only invented in 2005 and, as recently as ten years ago, a person had to do some serious digging to find something funny on the Internet — outside of some lame joke that a friend or family member forced down your throat on a chain e-mail that was most likely sent from an AOL or Hotmail account.

Some would argue that current age of online comedy began with the advent of YouTube; while others would state that Funny or Die started the trend in 2007; still [...]

Watch John Vanderslice Interview the Stella Guys

Here's a really silly interview between musician John Vanderslice and Stella (Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, David Wain) that serves as proof that the Stella guys should never be apart from each other.

MaxFunCon Is Heading East

MaximumFunCon, Jesse Thorn's annual weekend of well-dressed, bookish comedy is getting an east coast version. From October 26-28, Maximum Fun fans will gather for a weekend of comedy, classes, activities, and merriment in the sure to be archetypally autumnal Poconos. (Just look at the picture.) Performers and presenters include Michael Ian Black, Jonathan Ames, Dick Cavett, John Hodgman, Julie Klausner, Kevin Allison, and more!!!! Get more info here. It's a good place to wear that sweater vest one last time before the transition into full-length sweater weather.

Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter's Podcast 'Topics' Joins the Earwolf Network

Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter's podcast Topics has joined Earwolf, the podcast network announced this week. The show's latest episode debuted today on the Earwolf website alongside select back episodes.

Topics, which began as an independent podcast last summer, features frequent collaborators Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter having a straight-faced pretentious conversation about a different subject each week. Black's previous podcast, Mike & Tom Eat Snacks, which he co-hosted with Tom Cavanagh, was released via the Nerdist podcast network but has not debuted a new episode since May. In addition to Topics, Earwolf also recently added Jimmy Pardo's long-running podcast Never Not Funny and debuted [...]

Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter Have a Podcast Together Now

Comedy duo Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter have teamed up for another project. The pair, who worked together previously on TV shows like The State, Stella, and Michael & Michael Have Issues, just debuted a new podcast this week called Topics in which they "have serious discussions about big topics of conversation that we all think about." The first two episodes — an short introductory podcast and one that sees the pair debating the existence of God — are now available, and, of course, getting serious is just another excuse for Michael and Michael to goof off and dryly joke about being serious week to week.

Michael Ian Black and D.L. Hughley to Host TBS's 'Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host'

Michael Ian Black and D.L. Hughley will be dueling game show hosts. TBS announced today that the two comedians will host Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host, a series from reality kingpin Mark Burnett in which one of the two hosts is trying to present the contestant with a wrong answer and one is telling the truth. Hughley and Black will each share a bizarre fact with the contestant, who will have to choose which one isn't a lie. Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host is set to premiere in late 2013, unless that's a lie too.

Ben Stiller Producing a Michael Ian Black Family Sitcom for ABC

Ben Stiller's company Red Hour Productions is developing a new family sitcom pilot for ABC, starring and is written by Michael Ian Black, Vulture reports. The show, called You're Not Doing It Right, is based on Black's memoir of the same name, which was released earlier this year. Executive produced by Stiller and Black, it's a comedy about modern marriage and parenting set in Connecticut, where Black and his family reside in real life. ABC has a script commitment to the project, meaning that they're not yet obligated to produce a pilot or to order the project to series, but given Stiller and Black's industry clout and ABC's [...]