How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black

How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black

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Your handy-dandy guidebook for that thing you do, only better.


#53 Deborah Berke  

The first female dean at the Yale School of Architecture and founder of one of Architectural Digest’s top 100 companies of 2016 shares her views on the role of architecture in everyday life.

#52 David Wain  

Michael talks with his friend for a memorable conversation about his career writing and directing films such as Wet Hot American Summer and They Came Together. Wain opens up about the early days in the improv group The State, and talks about everything from his worst dry spell to now struggling with saying no.

#51 Grace Helbig  

The YouTube star and bestselling author discusses how she stumbled into her successful career making funny videos watched by millions of viewers every week.

#50 Amani Al-Khatahtbeh  

The millennial founder of, the number one online publication for Muslim women in the United States, and the author of the new memoir, Muslim Girl, talks about her experience being a feminist, American Muslim in post 9/11 America.

#49 Andy Cohen  

Michael sits down with the charming author, host of Watch What Happens: Live and executive producer of The Real Housewives for a lively discussion.

#48 Michael Lewis  

The bestselling author of "The Blind Side," "The Big Short," "Moneyball" and his newest, "The Undoing Project," tells his own great story about growing up in New Orleans and how that shaped his world view and approach to life.

#47 Neil deGrasse Tyson  

The world famous astrophysicist, Director of the Hayden Planetarium, television host, author and all around badass talks to Michael about how his early years opened his mind to the universe and laid the path to his future success.

#45 Ira Glass  

From NPR intern to the creator, host, and Executive Producer of This American Life, Michael talks to Ira Glass.

#45 Mary Roach  

Michael sits down with the investigative journalist and bestselling author of Grunt, Stiff and Bonk for a humorous and insightful conversation about her unique research and writing process.

About The Election…  

A message from Michael about how he's been feeling since Nov 8th.

#44 Sharon Horgan  

The UK creator, writer and star of the BBC hits Pulling and the current Catastrophe (also seen on Amazon), as well as the creator and Executive Producer of the new HBO show Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, talks about creating her own success.

#43 Al Roker  

America's favorite weatherman talks to Michael about how he stumbled upon what became the career that he loves.

#42 Daniel Kahneman  

When Michael spoke to Five Thirty Eight's founder Nate Silver, he highly recommended Daniel Kahneman's groundbreaking book Thinking Fast and Slow. Now, Michael talks to Kahneman, the Nobel Prize-winning author and founder of behavioral economics, in a rare interview.

#41 Sonia Manzano  

Michael talks with Sonia Manzano on the heels of her recent Lifetime Achievement Emmy. Manzano is best known as “Maria” on Sesame Street, a character she helped create and played for 44 years on the groundbreaking television show.

#40 Penn Jillette  

Legendary magician and raconteur Penn Jillette has a keen eye for calling out the bullshit around him, but it took a dangerous health scare for him to realize his own eating habits were going to kill him if he didn't change.

#39 Harlan Coben  

The best-selling thriller master talks craft with Michael. A not-to-miss episode for anyone who aspires to write or just wants to know how a big bestseller is put together.

#38 Tim Gunn  

In this deeply personal and heartfelt conversation the fashion therapist and Project Runway mentor, Tim Gunn, opens up about his struggles with learning to be comfortable in his own skin and using his talent, creativity and passion for the arts to inspire others.

#37 Valerie Plame  

As a spy, Valerie Plame’s job was for nobody to know her identity. All that changed when members of George W. Bush’s administration outed her and ruined her life. Her experience from 2003 is disturbingly relevant to events happening today.

#36 Michael Showalter  

Michael sits down with his friend and fellow member of the comedy troupes The State and Stella for a lively, hilarious and moving conversation about finding your voice in the entertainment industry.

#35 Wayne Pacelle  

From protesting turkey at Thanksgiving, to making a career helping animals, the President and CEO of the Humane Society talks to Michael about how he attacks the huge problems facing animals today.

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