Michael Ian Black gets ripped, visits Chaska before Minneapolis appearance
The comedian/writer/actor is responsible for some of the funniest, smartest, and most unappreciated films and television shows of the last decade. He was originally supposed to hit Minneapolis last month in support of his latest comedy album, Very Famous, but had to postpone due to scheduling conflicts. His rescheduled performance takes place at the Varsity this Wednesday, but first the (very) famous comedian sat down with us to discuss sword-swallowing, Meghan McCain, and meth.
I understand that you've actually spent quite a bit of time in our state. In fact, rumor has it you were spotted at this year's Chaska Fourth of July festival. Is that true?
Yes, yes I was. My wife's family is actually from that area, so we go back every so often to see them. As for the festival, it was my favorite suburban children's Fourth of July festival ever.
That's a shining endorsement from someone as famous as you. Anyways, you just recently released a new album, Very Famous. How does this album compare with your first one?
Um, I don't know. I think of comedy albums as ways to mark my progression as a standup. I'm not trying to create a definitive work or anything like that; it's just about creating what's happening in my life at that moment. So I guess, um; I don't know how to answer your fucking question.
Okay, let's try a different one. A lot of standups today talk about how releasing a comedy album is difficult with all of the material out there online through YouTube, etc. Do you think it's hard to release a successful comedy album in the era of online sharing?
Honestly, people aren't paying that much attention to me to the point that they'll notice if I told a joke one place and then told it again somewhere else. I actually think it's easier now to release a comedy album, because of how inexpensive it is to record. My expectations for how an album is received are exceptionally low, because no one buys them anymore. Plus, for a comic like me who isn't necessarily established, it's not like people are expecting much. I'm not like Dane Cook doing an album or anything.
You're already working on another project; a book with Meghan McCain. What can you tell us about it?
We're writing a book together about our different perspectives on America -- me as a Democrat; her as a Republican -- and we traveled all over the country to talk with different people about their opinions. We were out on the road all of July writing, and it's going to be a really funny book while still giving plenty of reasons why Republicans are fucking idiots. But seriously though, she's a really smart girl who has her shit together and was a lot of fun to work with.
You're a guy who has had a really diverse career with your movies, children's books, standup, TV shows, and now the new book. Is there any one thing that you're most proud of from your past?
I'm not the kind of person who looks back. I'm way too young to be reflecting on my career. I mean, I'm only 23 years old. Honestly, I'm just happy I've been able to put a roof over my head by making dick jokes.
You look terrible for a 23-year-old.
That's probably because I do a lot of meth. That's another reason why I was in Chaska. Holy shit, you're like a fucking detective.
Thanks. So back to the previous question, was it always your plan to move from one project to the next and really diversify?
Not really. I'm one of those guys who is a jack of all trades and master of none. I'm not sure that it's a good thing, but it's just the way I'm wired. I get bored really easily, and when I'm done with one thing I don't really want to do it ever again.
That being said, what's next for you in your career?
I'm just going to get ripped. I'm going to take the next couple of years, go into hiding, and take a ton of steroids. Then I'm going to do weights for like eight hours a day, and just be totally ripped.
And then what?
Getting ripped is really the end-goal. Once you're ripped, then it's just pussy city. Like, women are literally taking their pussies off and throwing them at you. And that's really the goal of everyone, isn't it?
For sure. Anything else you want to add about the show in Minneapolis?
I'm going to be doing a lot more sword swallowing and lion taming than I did last time I was there. You also probably know me from my work with white tigers, but you have no clue how many tigers and how much taming I'll be doing. I seriously make those tigers so docile and tame that you would think they're fucking domesticated. That's in my hands though, not yours.
IF YOU GO:
Wednesday, November 2
Doors: 7 p.m. / Show: 8 p.m.
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