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Sarcastically Irreverent Comedian Michael Ian Black Plays The Carolina Theatre in Durham on Dec. 2nd

The Carolina Theatre will present sarcastically irreverent 40-year-old Chicago, IL-born stand-up comedian Michael Ian Black at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2nd, in its newly refurbished 1,016-seat Fletcher Hall in downtown Durham, NC.

According to the comedian, actor, and author’s website:

Michael Ian Black (very famous) is a popular comedian who began his career with The State, a sketch comedy troupe he co-founded at New York University in 1988, which went on to have a successful run on MTV. He then co-created the Comedy Central television series ‘Viva Variety,’ a fake European variety show.

“From there, he appeared on several television show before landing the role of Phil Stubbs, the quirky bowling alley manager on NBC’s ‘Ed,’ which ran for almost four seasons. His next project was ‘Stella,’ a television show he co-created with Michael Showalter and David Wain, which ran on Comedy Central.

“Michael [Ian Black] has appeared in several films and is a popular contributor to VH1’s ‘I Love the…’ series. In 2005, he wrote and his directed his first film, Wedding Daze, which starred Jason Biggs and Isla Fisher. His screenplay Run Fat Boy Run, starring Simon Pegg and Thandie Newton, came out in 2007.

“Michael [Ian Black] is also a stand-up comedian, who regularly tours the country. His first album of stand-up comedy ‘I Am a Wonderful Man,’ was released in 2007; and his first book of humorous essays, My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Face) came out in 2008. His first children’s book, Chicken Cheeks was released in January, 2009. His latest project is ‘Michael and Michael Have Issues,’ a comedy series [that] premier[ed] in July 2009 on Comedy Central.

“Michael [Ian Black] is married and has two children.”

The Carolina Theatre presents MICHAEL IAN BLACK at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 in Fletcher Hall at The Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan, St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $26.00-$37.55 (including fees).


Carolina Theatre Box Office: 888/241-8162, 919/560-3030, or

Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000 or







Michael Ian Black: (official web page) and (Wikipedia).

Michael Ian Black’s Official Blog:


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