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How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black


Your handy-dandy guidebook for that thing you do, only better.

Your handy-dandy guidebook for that thing you do, only better.
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Your handy-dandy guidebook for that thing you do, only better.




#70 Taran Killam

The former Saturday Night Live cast member talks family life, creating celebrity impressions, and the day he learned his contract wasn’t being renewed. Killamopens up about his life after leaving the iconic sketch show from his delightful turn as King George in the smash musical Hamilton to his challenging new role as writer and director of the feature film, Killing Gunther starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Duration: 01:00:59

#69 DeRay Mckesson

Michael talks social justice and activism with the former teacher and current civil rights activist and organizer who has become among the best-known faces and voices and vests of the Black Lives Matter movement. He’s one of the architects of Campaign Zero, a policy prescriptive designed to greatly reduce police violence and is also the host of the popular podcast “Pod Save the People." Recorded live at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

Duration: 01:07:12

#68 Laurie Metcalf

Widely recognized as one of America’s best actresses, the Emmy Award-winning star of Rosanne delves into a fascinating conversation about her genuine passion for the stage, creating characters and bringing a script to life. In this engaging episode, the Steppenwolf alum talks about her celebrated career as a leading lady--from the first time she made an audience laugh to her mesmerizing performances in Horace and Pete and *A Doll’s House Part 2, *for which she recently won a Tony Award for...

Duration: 00:52:52

#67 Ina Garten

In 1978, Ina Garten took a huge risk and left her job as a budget analyst in the White House to pursue her dream working with food. She packed her bags, moved to the Hamptons, bought a specialty food store and "The Barefoot Contessa" was born. In this enlightening and charming episode, the down-to-earth Food Network star shares her story of “jumping into the pond” by teaching herself to cook and run a business with no experience, when she knew it was time to leave, and she dishes about the...

Duration: 00:46:11

#66 Doug Stanhope

Doug Stanhope is considered the comedian’s comedian for his precise writing and insightful, often cynical, and controversial social and political comedy.

Duration: 01:07:06

#65 Cecile Richards

The president of Planned Parenthood talks to Michael about how she got started in activism and organizing, and how she deals with people who disagree.

Duration: 00:54:40

#64 Pamela Paul

The editor of The New York Times Book Review is talking with Michael about writing, criticism and most of all, reading.

Duration: 00:50:50

#63 Andy Borowitz

The political satirist traces his route from failed sitcom writer to creating and writing the popular New Yorker column, The Borowitz Report, where his made-up musings on politics often go viral, and sometimes, even get taken seriously.

Duration: 01:04:06

#62 Katy Perry

One of pop music’s biggest stars sits down with Michael to discuss growing up the daughter of ultra conservative Christian ministers, navigating her relationship with fame, and the struggle to be taken seriously.

Duration: 00:43:03

#61 Dean Karnazes

The man who ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days, among many other incredible feats, Karnazes has pushed his body and mind to inconceivable limits.

Duration: 00:45:59

#60 Al Franken

The Senator from the great state of Minnesota discusses his new memoir, Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, which traces his unlikely path from a 30 year career as a comedian, writing and starring at Saturday Night Live, to diving into politics after being a passionate follower on the sidelines.

Duration: 01:01:58

#59 W. Kamau Bell

The comedian, writer and host of the hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America has an often hilarious, frequently serious conversation with Michael about his years determined to break into comedy.

Duration: 00:57:54

#58 Charles Limb

Dr. Charles Limb has married his passion for music with his day job as a surgeon and neuroscientist and is studying the science of creativity.

Duration: 01:04:30

#57 Annie Duke

One of the world’s best known poker players discusses her big wins and losses both at the table and in life, as well as her struggles being a woman in a male dominated profession.

Duration: 00:46:55

#56 Judd Apatow

The writer, director and producer of such blockbusters as "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "Knocked Up" and "This Is 40" traces the roots of his love of comedy, from working with giants like Jim Carrey and Gary Shandling who helped him along the way to why he now pays it forward to help launch the careers of so many others like Lena Dunham and Pete Holmes.

Duration: 01:08:36

#55 Josh Groban

At the age of 17 he walked onto a stage to sing with Celine Dion and a star was born. In the almost 20 years since that moment, Josh Groban has gone on to sell over 25 million records and tour giant arenas all over the world

Duration: 01:02:29

#54 Daniel Handler

In one of our funniest interviews to date, Michael sits down with Daniel Handler, whose books have sold over 60 million books worldwide under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket.

Duration: 01:15:25

#53 Deborah Berke

The first female dean at the Yale School of Architecture and founder of one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 companies of 2016 shares her views on the role of architecture in everyday life.

Duration: 00:54:18

#52 David Wain

Michael talks with his friend for a memorable conversation about his career writing and directing films such as Wet Hot American Summer and They Came Together. Wain opens up about the early days in the improv group The State, and talks about everything from his worst dry spell to now struggling with saying no.

Duration: 01:10:47

#51 Grace Helbig

The YouTube star and bestselling author discusses how she stumbled into her successful career making funny videos watched by millions of viewers every week.

Duration: 00:54:31

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