NEW YORK, June 22, 2009 — BFF’s or worst enemies Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter banter and bicker in their new COMEDY CENTRAL series “Michael & Michael Have Issues” debuting Wednesday, July 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.
“Michael & Michael Have Issues” stars Black and Showalter in a new twist on narrative and sketch comedies that features the long-time comedic partners as the hosts of their own fictitious sketch show. In the seven episode series, sketches will be interspersed throughout the narrative thread of each episode. Behind-the-scenes of the show-within-a-show, viewers will get a first hand look at issues, both big (in an attempt to broaden their appeal, the guys turn their show into a frat house spectacle) and small (the two Michaels fight over the approval of a teenage intern writing an article about them for his high school newspaper) that the two misguided stars wrestle with as they confront their own issues of insecurity and jealousy as each attempts to undermine the other. Other issues in the series include roommate rivalry when the “Michaels” secure a college gig, playing cupid for an unlucky-in-love co-worker and what birthday gift to give the boss who has everything.
Credits for “Michael & Michael Have Issues” include Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Jim Biederman (“Whitest Kids U Know,” “I’m With Busey”) and Lou Wallach as executive producers and Jim Sharp and Christina Lee as executives in charge of production for COMEDY CENTRAL.
Viewers can log onto www.michaelandmichaelhaveissues.com and follow along with Michael and Michael online as they use their blog, tweets and videos to find new ways to do what they do best – get on each other’s nerves. Black and Showalter and members of the cast and crew provide updates from the set along with messages and thoughts from the “Michaels,” as well as original drawings and videos. Each week, the site will feature video previews of new episodes, video highlights of some favorite moments immediately after each episode premieres and exclusive videos from the duo. Fans will also be able to test their smarts with a great new “Michael & Michael Have Issues” word game. For viewers on the go, “Michael & Michael Have Issues” will be available on their mobile phones with a Web site, streaming video and blogs.
Michael Ian Black’s career began with “The State,” a sketch comedy troupe he co-founded at NYU in 1988 and aired on MTV. He co-created and starred in “Viva Variety” and “Stella” for COMEDY CENTRAL, is a frequent contributor to VH1’s “I Love the…” series and also tours regularly as a stand-up comic. Black wrote and directed the feature film, “Wedding Daze,” as well as writing “Run Fat Boy Run.” His first stand-up CD, “I Am a Wonderful Man,” was released in 2007 and his first book of humorous essays, My Custom Van (and 50 Other Mind-Blowing Essays That Will Blow Your Mind All Over Your Face) came out in 2008. He is also the author of Chicken Cheeks, a children’s book set to be released this year.
Michael Showalter was a founding member of the sketch comedy troupe, “The State,” which ran for three seasons on MTV. He is a member of “Stella” and starred in the COMEDY CENTRAL series, along with Michael Ian Black and David Wain. He co-wrote, co-produced and starred in the cult comedy “Wet Hot American Summer.” He directed, wrote and starred in the IFC FiILMS romantic comedy, “The Baxter,” co-starring Michelle Williams and Elizabeth Banks. He has toured the country performing stand-up comedy and his stand-up comedy record, “Sandwiches & Cats,” was released in November 2007. He has a popular Web series on Collegehumor.com called “The Michael Showalter Showalter.” He is currently on the faculty at NYU Graduate Film School and is working on a comedic memoir for Grand Central Publishing due out this winter.
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