Black’s fame is a peculiar but deserved one. He’s never starred in a big hit movie (although the giddily absurd 2001 cult classic Wet Hot American Summer should have been) or a top-rated television show (a supporting role in the 2000–2004 NBC series Ed is the closest he’s come so far), yet he’s brought his brand of sly wit and deadpan pop-culture commentary to a variety of places, including a gazillion of those I Love the . . . VH1 specials, memorable commercial spots (for Sierra Mist and Pets.com), and several short-lived cable series (The State, Stella). Now Black is carving out his own unique niche as an author, landing comfortably between Tina Fey and Augusten Burroughs along the comedy-memoir spectrum. He leaves out the Hollywood dish and avoids exposing any deep, dark family skeletons in favor of self-deprecating ruminations on his own neuroses, schoolyard fights, the toils and spoils of marriage, child rearing, pets, religion, masculinity, and, finally, coming to terms with being a traditional middle-aged family man and target BMW demographic. --Chris Keech
“All these years, Michael Ian Black has not gotten enough credit for what a good writer he is. This book is charming and good company and—best of all—amazingly honest. And really, really funny, of course—though you probably already guessed at that part.”
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— Ira Glass, This American Life
"Memorable and funny. . . . An amusing look at masculine insecurity and confusion."
“This book is so frank, so full of amusingly embarrassing confessions, I should probably be giving Michael Black a hug instead of a blurb.”
—Sarah Vowell, New York Times bestselling author and essayist
“It’s no surprise that Michael Ian Black’s book is hysterical. But I was surprised by how heartfelt and touching his memoir is. It’s true: Michael Ian Black has emotions!”
—A.J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Know-It-All
"I loved My Custom Van. But I loved You're Not Doing It Right even more. Reading this book felt like taking a long road trip with Michael himself—which I’ve done. And I actually recommend the book more. Touching, hilarious, and truthful all at once. What else do you want, America?"
—Mike Birbiglia, New York Times bestselling author of Sleepwalk with Me
"Dear Michael Ian Black: please stop writing things in books that I wish I had written myself, it's starting to make me feel bad. Also, would you like to be friends someday? I sure would."
—Samantha Bee, senior correspondent on The Daily Show and author of I Know I Am But What Are You?
"Michael Ian Black is one of the finest comedy minds of our generation and a master at assembling words in a hilariously pleasing way. You would have to be a vapid crapsack not to enjoy this book."