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How to Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black

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

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English


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#65 Cecile Richards

8/10/2017
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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

7/26/2017
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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

7/12/2017
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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

6/29/2017
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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

6/14/2017
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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

5/31/2017
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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

5/24/2017
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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

5/10/2017
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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

4/26/2017
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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

4/20/2017
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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

4/12/2017
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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

3/29/2017
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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

3/15/2017
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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

3/1/2017
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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

2/15/2017
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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


#50 Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

2/1/2017
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The millennial founder of MuslimGirl.net, the number one online publication for Muslim women in the United States, and the author of the new memoir, Muslim Girl, talks about her experience being a feminist, American Muslim in post 9/11 America.

Duration: 01:08:21


#49 Andy Cohen

1/18/2017
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Michael sits down with the charming author, host of Watch What Happens: Live and executive producer of The Real Housewives for a lively discussion.

Duration: 01:01:23


#48 Michael Lewis

1/4/2017
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The bestselling author of "The Blind Side," "The Big Short," "Moneyball" and his newest, "The Undoing Project," tells his own great story about growing up in New Orleans and how that shaped his world view and approach to life.

Duration: 01:00:15


#47 Neil deGrasse Tyson

12/21/2016
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The world famous astrophysicist, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, television host, author and all around badass talks to Michael about how his early years opened his mind to the universe and laid the path to his future success.

Duration: 01:00:57


#45 Ira Glass

12/7/2016
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From NPR intern to the creator, host, and Executive Producer of This American Life, Michael talks to Ira Glass.

Duration: 01:11:06

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