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July 16, 2009

Interview from New York Magazine in Which I am Funny and Showalter is Not

Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black Do Everything Together

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Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black Do Everything Together

Name: Michael Showalter
Age: 39
Neighborhood: Brooklyn Heights
Occupation: Comedy

Name: Michael Ian Black
Age: 22
Neighborhood: Currently every neighborhood and Connecticut
Occupation: Writer/actor/director/comedian/celebrity (very famous)

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Michael Showalter: Al Hirschfeld. His cartoons encapsulate everything I love about New York.
Michael Ian Black : (1) Every member of the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, especially Jackie Robinson, (2) Ed Koch, (3) whoever thought of the "Mitzvah Mobile."

What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
MS: The mussels at Noodle Pudding on Henry Street.
MIB: Every year, my wife and I celebrate our anniversary at the Gramercy Tavern. Delicious. And they give you coffee cake to eat the next morning: by far my favorite meal of the year because I love my wife. (NOTE: This was written before we announced our divorce.)

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
MS: I act silly and take it very seriously.
MIB: I make jokes.

Would you still live here on a $35,000 salary?
MS: I'd try. I did it for many years.
MIB: I've certainly lived in New York for less. New York is a great town in which to be really wealthy or really poor. Middle-class, not so much. When I was younger and had no income I used to shoplift groceries.

What's the last thing you saw on Broadway?
MS: Next to Normal. Loved it!
MIB: Hair. I was there for the first preview; I went for the nudity and the groping.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
MS: Yep.
MIB: Not very often.

What's your drink?
MS: Iced coffee.
MIB: Currently Diet Dr Pepper. I will occasionally have a regular Dr Pepper, but that's only when I'm feeling frisky.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
MS: Two or three nights a week.
MIB: If you expand the definition of "you" to include my wife, often. If not, then not very often.

What's your favorite medication?
MS: Melatonin.
MIB: Currently Ambien, although I don't know if that counts as a medication since I don't take it to medicate anything other than consciousness. But I'll pretty much swallow anything that comes in pill form.

What's hanging above your sofa?
MS: A large painting of a wooded area in autumn.
MIB: Some guy.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
MS: Depends on the haircut, I suppose. If I was a diva, there's no number.
MIB: Anything above $25 is pushing it, although if I have a shoot that I need to look good for I will treat myself to a $100 haircut by my amazing stylist Josh, who is female, British, and the only person left who still thinks rockabilly is cool.

When's bedtime?
MS: 11:30 p.m.
MIB: An hour after I take the Ambien.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
MS: I try to avoid it altogether.
MIB: I have always suspected that the people who pine for the old Times Square never really experienced it. If they did, they wouldn't want it back. It was a terrible, filthy, dangerous place filled with crack whores. I don't miss it at all, although it's become much harder to find a $2 BJ.

What do you think of Donald Trump?
MS: Seems like a good dad.
MIB: He's everything I hate about white people.

What do you hate most about living in New York?
MS: Crowds and noise.
MIB: Lack of public restrooms and guilt about not doing anything cultural.

Who is your mortal enemy?
MS: Sloth.
MIB: I'm not crazy about Sam Champion.

When's the last time you drove a car?
MS: This weekend. I have a beat-up Honda. I drive it all the time.
MIB: This past weekend.

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
MS: I will know more in ten years.
MIB: My second job as a stripper at FlashDancers is generating much less tip money.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
MS: Times and Post.
MIB: The Times is not only the greatest New York newspaper, it is a daily miracle. The only thing that would improve it is if they replaced the Tuesday Science section with a Tuesday Gossip section. And added a comics page. And topless girls, like the Sun.

Where do you go to be alone?
MS: I like walking around in my neighborhood. Just drifting.
MIB: The odd thing about New York is that walking down a street jammed with people can be the most solitary experience in the world. When I want to be alone in New York, I walk.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
MS: Nonchalance.
MIB: Knowing which direction to look for your train while waiting on the subway platform.

Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black's new show, Michael and Michael Have Issues, premieres at 10:30 p.m. tonight on Comedy Central.


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Pete Nicely

I'm editing this to add in an answer from David Wain to every fucking question. He will not be tossed aside like some nerdier Brian Dunkleman.


Your answers to the questions were very funny!
Showalter seemed to be filling out a form or survey, maybe he could get a do-over?

I thought the show last night was great, as expected.
My favorite parts were the super-funny mock fight on the lawn with the girls chitchatting and the salesgirl phone number movie promo at the end. That was really so very good. Sho was very funny in that, and looked pretty.

You were great as the virginity pledge boyfriend, so funny, particularly your expression and body language during her kiss to you, perfect.

I really enjoyed the show and wish you both great success. I am eagerly looking forward to seeing more episodes and am hopeful that the public gets it and demands more.


No one can top your answers - you're the wittiest "22" year old in the land!

Mmmm. Real Dr. Pepper is sinfully delicious, even if it does give me (more) pimples.

Re your fantastic show - I left a comment at the MMHI site. Man, it's getting uncomfy over there. Here's hoping one of the sites egg-heads decides to do some IP blocking. I suspect the culptrit is a pre-pubescent male, about 4ft 1, with a decaying soul, and a buttcrack that smells like a farm.


Oh man. Your new show is so fucking funny!


LOVED the show!! Glad you're back full time, you and Sho. Thanks for another round of laughs. See you next week! P.S. Can I have your home phone number?


Sho is truly the Ringo to your Garfunkel ...


Sam Champion sucks.

Andrew Ator

I would comment thusly on your Times article, but that would require reading.

Showalter, stop being such a pussy.


My only complaint about this is that it wasn't long enough,LOL! Thanks for the bedtime giggles.


Damn Black. How are just always so funny?? It is really amazing to me. Never lame. I am often lame. You are always amazing. It's amazing. I'm amazed.

Congrats boys on being amazing!!


Michael -- I just saw a comment from one of your viewers on the MMHI site that says the show is available via iTunes. I checked and, yep, this is so. SO, suggestion? Perhaps you should start a post here and there telling all your rabid non-cable having fans that this is so, because they don't always read the comments, and they are nipping at your heels begging for a way to see it via the internet. Seriously, they goin nuts.

Also, maybe remind them that there are reruns on Sundays at 11:30?? Because, you got so many silly boys and girls who DO have cable but missed on Wednesday (too many sillies out there -- help them Michael. Hold their sweet little hands. Show them the way.)

DO IT! Stinker ;p

Love you!!


I had to Google Sam Champion. I kind of regret having done so.

Dino, Bosnia

Indeed,thou werest the funnier one offering these people of the paper thy answers.I like you the best in STELLA, and I'm looing forward to watch the Issues you two Michaels have. Please, be a better one in the "issues". P.S. I watched "ED" just for you when I was a Kid, and you give STELLA the charm.


Did you guys have to loop the Barry and Levon "Pudding" sketch? I just watched it on MTV 2 and it seemed like it wasn't the original dialogue.


So if Roe Meets Kemp, will they boy end up gettings ears bent by Lia like a good olde Deadenders nagging? (now that wud be hell!


Very nice interview and very good show.

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