4 2021

Michael Ian Black: A Better Man

7:00PM - 8:00PM  


Contact Abby McCarthy

Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 7:00 pm PT

This event is free for all, but registration is required:

Michael Ian Black is many things: actor, comedian, screenwriter, award-winning children’s book author, essayist, memoirist, podcaster. He is also a man, and the father of a boy on the cusp of manhood himself. In his poignant and insightful new book, A BETTER MAN: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son, Black offers a thoughtful and personal appraisal of the complicated meaning of masculinity in our times.

Written in the form of a letter to his son as he gets ready to leave for college, this blend of memoir and advice, written with both weight and wit, challenges the outdated assumptions that society continues to impose upon boys about their place in the world.

Through the Jewish Book Council, Michael joins us to share anecdotes from his book. He will be in conversation with Aaron Henne, Artistic Director of theatre dybbuk, a Los Angeles-based arts and education organization whose work illuminates universal human experience from a Jewish perspective. In addition to his work with theatre dybbuk, Aaron teaches storytelling throughout the country and has presented workshops at Lucasfilm, Pixar, and Dreamworks.

Get your own copy of A BETTER MAN: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son HERE:


Michael Ian Black is a comedian, actor, and writer who started his career with the sketch comedy show The State, on MTV, and has created and starred in many other television shows. Movie appearances include Wet Hot American Summer, The Baxter, and Sextuplets.

Black is the author of several books for children, including the award-winning I’m Bored, I’m Sad, and I’m Worried, and the parody A Child’s First Book of Trump. His books for adults include the memoirs You’re Not Doing It Right and Navel Gazing, and the essay collection My Custom Van. Black also co-authored with Meghan McCain America, You Sexy Bitch.

As a stand-up comedian, Michael regularly tours the country, and he has released several comedy albums. His podcasts include Mike & Tom Eat Snacks, with Tom Cavanagh; Topics, with Michael Showalter; How to Be Amazing; and Obscure. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.