American comedian Michael Ian Black was born on August 12, 1971 in Chicago. His family moved to Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, where he spent his childhood. As a teenager, he trained at the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York.
In 1993, he started his career as a member of the comedy group The State, through which he appeared on his first television show, also called The State, on MTV. He performed with them in different programs, including the variety show Viva Variety, which aired in 1997. In 2001, he hosted the first season of the NBC hidden camera show Spy TV, and started presenting VH1’s I Love… series. The commentaries he provides on the show, and his self-deprecating humor, earned fame for him and the series in general. He presented eight of the I Love… programs, beginning with I Love the ‘80s in 2002, and the most recent being I Love the New Millennium in 2008.
In 2004, Black was the guest host for the CBS talk show The Late Late Show, after the departure of Craig Kilborn. He also auditioned for the permanent hosting role; he was one of the finalists, although the stint was eventually given to Craig Ferguson. He then reunited with The State’s Michael Showalter and David Wain to write the short-lived sitcom Stella, shown on Comedy Central in 2005.
Black has also written two screenplays: Wedding Daze, released in 2006; and Run, Fat Boy, Run, with leading star Simon Pegg, in 2007. Black also directed Wedding Daze, which stars Jason Biggs and Joe Pantoliano. He has appeared in several shorts for Adult Swim, and also on the television series Reaper and Reno 911!
Among Black’s other appearances are in the television series Ed, in a supporting role from 2000 to 2004; a guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and a cameo appearance on Wainy Days. He is also to host the Comedy Central reality series Reality Bites Back.