Michael Ian Black was born as Michael Ian Schwartz on the 12th August 1971, in Chicago, Illinois USA, and is a comedian, actor, writer, director, and poker player, but perhaps best known for his roles in numerous TV series including “The State” (1993-2009), “Ed” (2000-2004), and “Stella” (2005). Black’s career started in 1992.
Have you ever wondered how rich Michael Ian Black is, as of late 2016? According to authoritative sources, it has been estimated that Black’s net worth is as high as $1.5 million, an amount earned through his successful acting career. In addition to being a regular on television and film, Black is also an author, screenwriter, and director, which has improved his wealth too.
Michael Ian Black Net Worth $1.5 Million
Michael Ian Black was a son of Robert Schwartz, an executive, and Jill, a store owner, and grew up in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey. Black’s parents divorced when he was three, and his mother came out as a lesbian. He went to Hillsborough High School, and later studied at the Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York and then at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, but dropped out after a while.
Black started his acting career in 1992 in the TV series called “You Wrote It, You Watch It”, playing various characters and writing them as well. From 1993 to 2009, Michael played in 27 episodes of MTV’s “The State” and established himself as a popular young comedian while the show helped him to increase his net worth significantly. In the mid 90’s, Black appeared in an episode of “NYPD Blue” (1994), and in the TV movie “The State’s 43rd Annual All-Star Halloween Special” (1995). He ended the decade with roles in the Primetime Emmy-nominated show called “Viva Variety” (1997-1999) and in Brian Lynch’s comedy “Big Helium Dog” (1999).
In the early 2000’s, Michael had parts in such movies as “Hey Neighbor” (2000), “The Bogus Witch Project” (2001), and in “Wet Hot American Summer” (2001), but his most notable role at the time came in 83 episodes of “Ed”, where he played Phil Stubbs from 2000 to 2004. He then appeared in “Soundtracks Live” (2004), “The Baxter” (2005) starring Michael Showalter, Elizabeth Banks, and Peter Dinklage, and in “Partner(s)” (2005). Also in 2005, Black played Michael in ten episodes of sketch comedy called “Stella”. BY the end of 2000’s, Black had played roles in “The Ten” (2007) starring Paul Rudd, Jessica Alba, and Winona Ryder, “Reno 911!: Miami” (2007), and in six episodes of “Reaper” (2008-2009).
Early in this decade, Black played Fleming in 11 episodes of “Backwash” (2010-2011), starred as Bill Tundle in 37 episodes of “Burning Love” (2012-2013), and also appeared in movies “Take Me Home Tonight” (2011) and “This Is 40” (2012) with Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann. Most recently, Michael worked in “They Came Together” (2014) alongside Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, in seven episodes of “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” (2015), in 23 episodes of “The Jim Gaffigan Show” (2015-2016), and in “Another Period” (2015- ).
Michael Ian Black has recorded four albums and written several books including “My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays that Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face” (2008), “You’re Not Doing It Right: Tales of Marriage, Sex, Death, and Other Humiliations” (2012), and lately “Navel Gazing: True Tales of Bodies, Mostly Mine (but also my mom’s, which I know sounds weird)” (2016). He has also published such children books as “Chicken Cheeks” (2009), “A Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea” (2011), “I’m Bored” (2012), “Naked!” (2014), and “A Child’s First Book of Trump” (2016).
Regarding his personal life, Michael Ian Black married Martha Anne Hagen in 1998 and has two children. Black is an atheist, and he currently lives in Redding, Connecticut.
Goodreads Choice Awards Best Picture Books, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Humor
Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, Wedding Daze, They Came Together, Smosh: The Movie, Run Fatboy Run, Take Me Home Tonight, Reno 911!: Miami, The Ten, Hell Baby, This Is 40, Folk Hero & Funny Guy, Slash, Alchemy, Beef, Partner(s)
The State, Michael & Michael Have Issues, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Stella, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, Burning Love, Viva Variety, You’re Whole, I Love the ’80s, Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host, Us & Them, Reality Bites Back, The Xtacles, Ed, I Love the New Millennium, I Love Toys, I Lo…
If you get an idea, you might as well stick with it until somebody calls you on it.
Corporations do a lot of things well, but not run nations, for obvious reasons.
Most of the time, you don’t win anything on reality shows. You’re booted off, or maybe you win $50,000, or $100,000, which isn’t really life-changing. I don’t know that it’s worth it.
My first real break was when my college sketch troupe, The State, was asked to contribute pieces for a new MTV show called ‘You Wrote It, You Watch It.’
Wish I could, through my own financial prestidigitation, transform a dollar bill into two, or two million. It is an awesome and mysterious skill.
I definitely script things out. I definitely write things down and try to write jokes. Often, they’re terrible. I often write terrible, terrible jokes.
There’s this misconception that comedy and music go together. They don’t. Comedians can’t compete with rock stars; they’re just not on the same level. Rock stars will always be cooler. They will always get more girls.
I think people hate me pretty much across the board, which is nice. I mean, it’s a pretty evenhanded loathing among a certain amount of the critical population, which used to be about 80 percent. So now I’ve gotten to the point where I just don’t worry about it that much. It used to be very upsetting, now it’s only mildly upsetting.
At this point, I feel fairly comfortable in terms of performance. I think having a sketch background actually helps a lot. Because my background is acting, and stand-up, in a lot of ways, is acting.
Many, many people can write books. I just happen to be one of them.
I don’t think I was awake for much of my childhood. I did a lot of napping. This might have been a defensive measure against encroaching depression. Until about the age of eleven or twelve, I had zero interests other than trying to steal gumballs from supermarket gumball machines.
Best strategy for a first date is to ask her questions. Just keeping asking her questions about herself. Her life, her job, her friends, her taste in movies and music and everything. People mostly just want to talk about themselves, so let her do that.
People recognize me, but they don’t know where from. Today I was in the elevator and somebody asked me if I worked for his company.
I take it for what it is, and sometimes the criticism is actually useful and constructive and actually informs what I do, but most of the time, it’s sort of mindless, or they’re receiving something on a different frequency than I was sending it.
I am a poker player, but I am not a good poker player. My favorite game is seven card stud, but I’ll play hi/lo, Hold ’em, Razz, etc.
There is no word for feeling nostalgic about the future, but that’s what a parent’s tears often are, a nostalgia for something that has not yet occurred. They are the pain of hope, the helplessness of hope, and finally, the surrender to hope.
Your harshest critic is always going to be yourself. Don’t ignore that critic but don’t give it more attention than it deserves.
The thing that I think is the most important is taking moments to express your appreciation to your partner. A thank you or a quick kiss can go a long way toward affirming your relationship and commitment to each other. That’s not hard to do even when you’re juggling insane careers and three kids.
All the work that I do, whether or not it ends up being commercially successful or not, feels like the most important thing to me while I’m doing it. I try to take something away from every project, and so they all feel like milestones for one reason or another.
My absolute favorite growing up was ‘Super Friends.’ The assemblage of so many mighty heroes in one place was, to me, mind-blowing. It was Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, and then sometimes Hawkman and some other, lesser heroes.
I feel like my career has been a series of glowing obituaries.
My tastes in all things lean towards the arty and boring. I like sports documentaries about Scrabble players, bands that play quiet, unassuming music, and TV shows that win awards. In that way, I am an elitist snob.
I don’t watch that much comedy. I think it’s professional jealousy. That and a lack of support for my community.
I am not a music snob. If anything, my musical taste is bad by any critical standards.
I loved ‘Dungeons & Dragons.’ Actually, not so much the actual playing as the creation of characters and the opportunity to roll twenty-sided dice. I loved those pouches of dice Dungeon Masters would trundle around, loved choosing what I was going to be: warrior, wizard, dwarf, thief.
Let me tell you, the life of a C list celebrity is pretty sweet. If I want to go to an Applebee’s, all I have to do is, literally, walk in the door. They seat me as soon as the other people ahead of me are seated.
I actually don’t know anyone who wants to be famous for fame’s sake, at least not anyone I respect. But you need to have a certain amount of power in order to be able to do what you want.
I have a good family and I like to be home with them. The older I get, the lazier I get, and the more content I am to sit at home and eat string cheese.
Whenever anyone asks me if I’m from a TV show, I say yes – no matter whether I’ve ever been on it. It just makes the conversation that much easier.
Nothing is more satisfying to me than sitting in a dank room, hunched over a single flickering candle like Ebenezer Scrooge, and watching my ledgers fill themselves with ink.
Separation is the worst. There’s no good way to deal with it, other than to get on the phone and do Skype and try to visit.
Well, I think my stand-up is often kind of visual. Not like Carrot Top visual, but visual.
Lordy, lordy, lordy do I love money. It is a character flaw, no doubt, one that springs from a panicked childhood in which I always felt as if our family was only a couple missed child support payments from being tossed onto the pitiless streets of our suburban New Jersey town.
Everybody has something they love to do. Do that thing.
I honestly believe you can never tell if a relationship is going to last. In my own marriage, which is going on 14 years, I don’t think of it as ‘I’m going to be with this person forever.’ Instead, I think of more like, ‘I’ll probably be with this person for the next six weeks. Then I’ll re-evaluate.’
While a guest on “Live with Regis & Kelly” in 2010, Bradley Cooper was asked which of the many actresses he has co-starred with was his favorite on-screen kisser. Instead of an actress, he chose Michael Ian Black, with whom he shared a love scene in Wet Hot American Summer (2001).
Added his middle name, Ian, because there was already an actor named “Michael Black”.
Release of his children’s book, “Chicken Cheeks: The Beginning of the Ends”. 
Release of his book, “My Custom Van: And 50 Other Mind-blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face”. 
Lives in Connecticut with his wife, Martha Hagen, and their two children. 
Is currently a member of the comedy troupe Stella (2005) with David Wain and Michael Showalter. They were all cast members on “The State”. Stella played weekly shows at Fez Under Time Cafe in NYC until the Fez closed on February 1st, 2005. 
Real name is Michael Ian Schwartz, but changed his name to Michael Ian Black because there was already a popular actor named Michael Schwartz.
His birth name, Schwartz, is derived from the German word “schwarz,” which has the same meaning as his stage name, Black. He has joked that he dropped the name Schwartz because “I’m ashamed of my Jewishness.” However, the comedy group Stella (2005)’s uniting theme is the 3 members’ Jewishness (Black, Michael Showalter, and David Wain).
Has a daughter, Ruth, born 2003. She makes an appearance in the Stella (2005) short “Friendship.”
Was not the original choice to play Phil Stubbs on NBC’s Ed (2000); fellow I Love the ’80s (2002) commentator Donal Logue played the role in the first episode, but backed out due to scheduling conflicts. Donal Logue appeared in the early promotion for the series but the first episodes were re-shot to include Black.
He is a middle child with an older sibling (brother) and a younger sibling (sister).
Attended New York University but left before graduating.
$1.5 million 1500000 1971 1971-8-12 5′ 10½” (1.79 m) Actor American Amy Poehler August 12 Brian Lynch Chicago Comedian Ed (2000) Elijah Black Elizabeth Banks Fatboy Hillsborough High School Illinois Jessica Alba Jill Schwartz L’ Leo Leslie Mann Martha Hagen Michael Ian Black Net Worth Michael Schwartz Michael Showalter New York University Paul Rudd Peter Dinklage producer Robert Schwartz Run Run (2007) Ruth Black This Is 40 (2012) Tisch School of the Arts Under Review USA Wet Hot American Summer (2001) Winona Ryder Writer