About the Show

How to Be Amazing is an in-depth interview show, hosted by comedian, author and actor Michael Ian Black.  Black sits down with some of today’s most provocative writers, entertainers, artists, innovative thinkers and politicians for humorous, thought-provoking conversations that dive into the creative process and the intricate minds of some of the most influential voices of our time. 

How does someone discover their passion and make it into a successful career? What career setbacks, failures and life experiences have molded the career of a thriving entrepreneur or award-winning actress? How does somebody go from being the class clown to head writer for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon? What character traits are necessary to make it as a stand up comedian, theoretical physicist or bestselling author? Black’s natural inquisitiveness and straight-thinking interview style gets to the core of these questions, offering listeners a behind-the-scenes viewpoint and valuable advice, along with laugh-out-loud humor and first-rate entertainment. 

How To Be Amazing can be found on as well as through PRX Public Radio Exchange at Itunes. For more info on how to hear the show click here.

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About Michael Ian Black

Fans of sketch comedy might know Black from such seminal television programs as The State, Stella and Michael and Michael Have Issues, all of which he co-created, wrote and starred in.  In addition to performing stand up across the country, Black has starred in many films and television shows including Ed, Wet Hot American Summer, Burning Love, They Came Together and VH1’s I Love the '80s. He has written best-selling books for both children and adults, is the co-host of two popular podcasts. His upcoming projects include the untitled Jim Gaffigan show, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp for Netflix and Comedy Central's Another Period.


How to Be Amazing is brought to you by PRX.  It is produced by Michael Ian Black, Jennifer Brennan and Mary Shimkin. How to Be Amazing is mixed and edited by Kristen Clark, Jason Saldanha, Robin Linn and Barry O'Halloran with music composed by Chad Crouch. Post-production is done by Barry O'Halloran. It's recorded at Argot Studios in New York City. 


Check out this interview with Michael Ian Black about How to Be Amazing