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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.

Comedians Be Writing Memoirs

For the New York Times, Jason Zinoman writes about the post-Bossypants world of comedian memoirs, which I assume is in honor of the recently launched Splitsider Comedy Book Club. Mentioned are the new-ish books by Mindy Kaling, Rachel Dratch, Lizz Winstead, and Michael Ian Black. Zinoman argues they very in their balance of humor and candidness, but generally everyone loves Amy Poehler. Yeah, Amy Poehler-love is a must for every book.

Michael Ian Black Solves Everyone's "Friend's" Relationship Problems

Dear Michael Ian Black, I have been in a relationship with my current computer for about nine months, and the spark is starting to go out of our relationship. We browse the same websites, and refresh every few minutes, but there's something perfunctory about it. I can't help but wish my computer would take me to a new site where I could read your advice on romantic questions in time for Valentine's Day. Also, I would like to get a taste of your writing style before spending money on a copy of your book You're Not Doing It Right. But my computer never takes me to a site [...]

Wet Hot American Summer Has Been Recreated Ten Years Later

The cast of Wet Hot American Summer teamed up with some guest stars at San Francisco Sketchfest this week to perform the film as a live radio play and make everyone who wasn't there about as jealous as we were back when we read the oral history of the making of the film.

Most of the cast played their original roles, with the additions of David Wain as the narrator, Busy Phillips and David Cross in the parts originated by Janeane Garofalo and David Hyde Pierce, Bobcat Goldthwait as the can of vegetables, and Andy Richter, Gillian Jacobs, Jessi Klein and John Hodgman filling out various [...]

Michael Ian Black and Josh Malina's Sad, Sad Conversation

"It is sad to be old and still be in show business. This business we call show," muses The Go-Go's Jane Wiedlin on Michael Ian Black's sadsadconversation YouTube channel. Created with Josh Malina back in April, Black's truly depressing video conversations on aging and creativity have since expanded to include topics like Rob Delaney's stress-induced alopecia, Sarah Thyre's hoarding neighbor, and Martha Plimpton's anxiety about being known in the comedy community enough to even participate. Watching a wild-eyed Steven Weber find a spider in his hotel room and launch into a conversation about Brando is almost too real, though not as unsettling as [...]

John Oliver to Stand Up with Other Comedians for a Third Season

John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show is returning for a third season on July 20th at 11:00pm. Headliners will include Hannibal Buress, Marc Maron, David O’Doherty, Michael Ian Black, Dana Gould, and Wyatt Cenac. Also appearing will be Leo Allen, Kurt Braunohler, Michael Che, Dan St. Germain, Emily Heller, Mike Lawrence, Adam Newman, Andy Zaltzman and so on and so on. OK, all of these funny people are going to be on your show, we get it! Stop bragging, John.

So Louis C.K. Is a Women-Denigrating Pig Now, According to Greta Van Susteren

Following a series of events that most comedy fans will agree is absolute bullshit, Louis C.K. has withdrawn from his role hosting the Radio & TV Correspondents’ Dinner this June. It appears that C.K. is trying to avoid the ridiculous circus of controversy caused by Fox News' Greta Van Susteren's proposed boycott of the event, in which she takes issue with C.K.'s jokes about Sarah Palin and calls him a "pig" who "denigrates women."

Sure, he denigrates Sarah Palin to no end. But she's one politician, not some representative of all womankind. As Michael Ian Black writes in a blog [...]

Michael Showalter and Bravo Taunt Us With Promises of a Wet Hot American Sequel

Michael Showalter was Watch What Happens Live! on Bravo last night, where he gave the impression that a Wet Hot American Summer sequel would really be happening. Just as we were all trying on our Camp Firewood uniforms to see if they still fit, though, Michael Ian Black tweeted, "I just found out there's going to be a "Wet Hot American Summer" sequel from @mshowalter on TV. Apparently, I'm not in it." Alas! There go our once-buoyant hopes, dashed against the merciless rocks of reality. Why can't they just make this movie already?

Heaven, or the Wet Hot American Summer Set?

Forget Party Down and Arrested Development. After reading this oral history of the making of Wet Hot American Summer, I am throwing all my support behind a Wet Hot American Sequel. If only for the opportunity to drive up to the camp where it's being filmed and participate in what sounds like the most fun couple weeks anyone has ever had anywhere. As Amy Poehler described it, "We were being given the chance to take one more shot at summer camp, only we were wiser, better drinkers, and more sexually experienced."

Only read this article if you have the time and emotional stability to get really jealous and [...]

Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain Are Writing a Book Together

Here's some strange news: comedian Michael Ian Black and daughter-of-John-McCain Meghan McCain are planning to write a book together, one called Stupid for America. Here's what to expect: Robert Guinsler at Sterling Lord brokered the deal for the unlikely duo, who met each other, hit it off, and then came up with the idea for the book. The pair will be touring the country this summer, talking to everyday Americans about politics, to find out why, as the publisher put it, the system is "so f-ed up." McCain is the single, conservative, blogger daughter of former Republican presidential nominee John McCain, and Black is a 40-year-old, left-wing, married, [...]

Will Ken Marino Find Love or Burns on 'Burning Love'?

Ken Marino has been alternative comedy's leading hunk for about 20 years now, so he's the perfect candidate to pretend to pretend to find love. Burning Love is the ideal web series for people who enjoy when people ask, "can I steal you for a minute?" Well, Burning Love, because you are so funny and you have such a terrific cast of female comedians (Malin Akerman, Kristen Bell, Natasha Leggero, June Diane Raphael, Ken Jeong), you can steal me for around eight minutes a week. After the jump you can find episode two and three, where we learn which archetype from The Bachelor everyone represents and who is the famous [...]

Michael Ian Black, a New Yorker Cartoonist, and Imposter Syndrome

Yesterday, Michael Ian Black's wrote a blog post about his new book You're Not Doing It Right, in which he explains what it's like to feel that you're not doing it right.

I suspect there are many people out who feel as I used to, that everybody else has their shit figured out, that they are the only ones muddling through life with this intense feeling of incompetence, that any successes that have are accidental and any failures deserved.

And this week, in a fun and funny series of diary entries, New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake is writing and drawing about the shame of working while clothed [...]

Michael Ian Black is Not Doing It Right and So Can You

Michael Ian Black's new book, You're Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations, is available for pre-order now and comes out Feb. 28. The celebrity blurbs alone make this one worth checking out. "You would have to be a vapid crapsack not to enjoy this book," says Chris Hardwick. "Reading this book felt like taking a long road trip with Michael himself—which I’ve done. And I actually recommend the book more," writes Mike Birbiglia. Now I want to read a book of all celebrity blurbs. Until someone gets on publishing that, though, this Black book should be pretty good.

Looking Back at Michael Ian Black's Untraditional Career

Michael Ian Black is very famous. Well, he’s not that famous, but he keeps telling the world he is. In fact, his upcoming Comedy Central special on Saturday August 6 is actually titled “Michael Ian Black: Very Famous.” Whether or not Black is actually famous is up for debate, but there is no debating that he is an incredibly funny comedian.

The weird thing about Black’s career is that it has been somewhat in reverse for the past 20 years. He hasn’t become less famous, but he has slowly become a bigger star by using different mediums to achieve this fame. Many comedians start out their careers by doing [...]