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June 11, 2008

A Little Hunky Press For My Book

In retrospect, "hunky" probably isn't the best word to describe this little blurb from Esquire, but it's an underused adjective, so I thought I'd give it a go:

The Hall of Cultural Significance

The five most intriguing performances this month


John C. Reilly, costar of this month's duo comedies The Promotion and Step Brothers. Reilly's first true starring role (Walk Hard) is followed by two antibuddy films, first opposite Seann William Scott, as an assistant manager competing for control of a grocery store, and then alongside Will Ferrell, competing for his share of soon-to-be-overquoted jokes.


Adam Yauch, director of Gunnin' for that #1 Spot. This Beastie Boy turned filmmaker's documentary about top high school prospects playing a 2006 basketball game in a Harlem park features Michael Beasley and Kevin Love. The on-court sequence lasts about as long as their college careers did. See also: Billy Bob Thornton, on the new Boxmasters album.


Hunter S. Thompson, subject of Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Academy Award winner Alex Gibney's documentary is narrated by Johnny Depp and features interviews with Jimmy Carter, Tom Wolfe, and a former landlord who almost wistfully accuses Thompson of dodging rent, destroying his marriage, and giving drugs to his kid.


Michael Ian Black, in his new book, My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays that Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face. Yeah, the title's a rocky start, but VH1's resident talking head redeems himself with the essay "What I Would Be Thinking If I Were Billy Joel Driving to a Holiday Party Where I Knew There Was Going to Be a Piano."


Dan the Automator and Russell Simins, otherwise known as Men Without Pants, on the album Naturally. One produces hip-hop albums for Dr. Octagon and Gorillaz; one drums for the rock band Blues Explosion. Raucous, beat-heavy tracks like "And the Girls Go" result. See also: Will Smith and a beached whale in Hancock. -DAVID WALTERS


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I can't wait! If Amy Sedaris likes it and so does Colbert then this is a work of genius (like always of course).

Did you work on an audio book version as well? For comedy books I always buy both.


you posted the blurb of yourself twice :P

But I don't think they have a sense of humor, I love the title. "Rocky start" my eye.


That's where I first read about it! That is the best name for an essay though, I crack up just reading it (the "Billy Joel" one).


Hmm...they scoff at your title,yet describe you as "suprisingly agile"?
Your title is an attention grabber,that's fer sure. So glad you redeemed yourself!Whew!
I plan on hiding all copies of Sedaris' book and replacing it with yours at every bookstore within a 20 mile radius of my home.
Not really,what am I...a lunatic?
Okay,I would if you "suggested" it.


You're a talking head. Mostly because you always wear black t-shirts, so you do kind of float.


maybe by "agile" they literally meant you move quickly and lightly? Well, do you?


I think hunky is a perfectly acceptable beefcakey adjective to describe, (in a stocky fashion), the chunkalicious Esquire blurb.

Congratulations Fatty!

Tom Lewis

I found the blurb to be funny and engaging, resulting in an increased possibility that I would remember this book next time I visited my bookstore where, unfortunately, they do not stock your book


see you at your book signing.

that stoner kid

My most anticipated read for the summer. Already preordered it.


I've already hired someone to walk behind me with a towel ready to wipe my mind off my face at a moment's notice whilst I stand in line at your book signing in Chicago.


Oh, and I hope you give us a heads up when Chicken Butt comes out!


I will not attend your book signing unless I can sit on your lap.


I think I'm in love with Freak.

Awesome Person

LOOK! More praise!

"Michael Ian Black has proven that even the most simple-minded among us can occasionally create works of genius."
-- Stephen Colbert

"Like all custom vans, Michael Ian Black's book is customized to fit all your needs and wants for the journey of your life. It's luxurious, entertaining, spooky, disturbing, and hilarious. Devil's in the details! It's stocked with tacos, vampires, squirrels, a cleaning lady, scented candles, salami, tundra, and a foreword by Abe Lincoln himself -- now that's Class with a capital C. Enjoy the ride of your lifetime."
-- Amy Sedaris

"This is a great book for shut-ins, for people who like to laugh at sentences, and people who like to move their belongings from place to place. In fact, anyone who likes to pack or ship anything will find a lot to like in these pages."
-- Dave Eggers

"Fun to read while you're pooping."
-- Sarah Silverman

"I always walk away jealous and a little fearful of Michael Ian Black's sharp comedic wit. If you like your comedy dry, absurd, and unforced, you will love this book."
-- Jim Gaffigan

"Michael Ian Black speaks to the laughless in all of us and asks, 'Why aren't you laughing?' Then he takes the laughless in all of us roughly by the shoulders and INSISTS THAT WE LAUGH, usually by writing exceedingly funny and compelling
essays such as those included in this volume."
-- John Hodgman

"Michael Ian Black is so wrong that he's right."
-- Lewis Black


here here! Ha ha!

Wait, ouch! My shoulders! I'm laughing, okay!!

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