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Michael Ian Black Vs. The Hater By: Andrew Singer

Photo by Andrew Singer

It was a beautiful summer day in Bryant Park, and I was quite excited -- not only would Michael Ian Black discuss his new book "My Custom Van," but I would also finally get to see The AV Club's resident Hater, Amelie Gillette, live and in person. Gillette wore a revealing dress and looked gorgeous. She wasn't as hateful as I'd hoped, but the two did trade a few good-natured barbs*.

AG: If you had to rate yourself on the fame scale, with one being that guy from My Two Dads who is not Paul Reiser, and 10 being a top star, where would you put yourself?

MIB: Well, let's see, I'd probably say 1.5, because I think I'm more famous than that other guy from My Two Dads.

AG: I forgot his name.

MIB: But I'm definitely not as well known as Joe Millionaire.

AG: Absolutely. Everybody knows who that guy is.

Photo: Andrew Singer
Michael Ian Black & Amelie Gillette

Black read some of the titles from his new book, leaving attendees wondering what sort of sweet, soft, gooey caramel might be found inside each one. My favorites included "Football Coach," "Billy Joel" and "Taco Party." Black also discussed his literary feud with David Sedaris and his brewing physical feud with author Tucker Max, author of "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell." Although Black jokingly challenged Max to a fistfight a while back, the truculent author and his legion of fans have accepted the offer. Black says he appreciates the publicity but now lives in constant fear of getting punched in the face.

MIB: I'm picking my feuds with authors who are much more famous than I am so that I can get lots of publicity so that people will think of me when they think of them.

AG: That makes sense.

MIB: For instance, I would never pick a feud with you.

AG: Thanks. Please don't.

MIB: Because of course you're really just child's play compared to David Sedaris and especially Tucker Max.

Responding to audience members' questions, Black joked about his recent commercial flops "Stella" and "Run Fatboy, Run," and also said he wants to make the move from cult icon-status to mainstream success. As such, he doesn't mind promoting Sierra Mist or hosting "Reality Bites Back" to feed his family. Furthermore, he said lately he's been getting cast as a gay man, since he often comes across as gay in real life. He didn't seem that gay to me, but I could see how others might see it. All in all, this was a fantastic event and a fine way to spend my lunch break.

--Andrew Singer performs regularly as "Soce the Elemental Wizard."

*Not word-for-word, but this was the gist of it.

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Reader Comments (2)

Thank god you guys finally posted up a story/interview. Photos are nice but stories like these are really why I check this blog out.Thanks!
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDaleena
soce does great work! thanks daleena, and stay tuned--we have some fun items scheduled for next week.
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkeith h.

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