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"You’re not doing it right."

Michael Ian Black has been hearing these five words all his life. And now—on the eve of his 40th birthday—he is finally beginning to wonder why. As a husband and father living in the suburbs, Michael asks the question so many of us ask ourselves at one point or another: How did I end up here? (And also: If fat Kevin Federline succumbs to his own wasted potential, what does that mean for the rest of us?)

The answers to these questions, and others that you probably would have never thought to ask, are painstakingly detailed in You’re Not Doing It Right, Michael Ian Black’s debut memoir. Darkly humorous and told with raw honesty, Michael takes on his childhood, his marriage, his children, and his career with unexpected candor and deadpan wit in this funny-because-it's-true essay collection. He shares the neuroses that have plagued him since childhood and how they shaped him into the man he is today. Stories include: How his lesbian feminist mother raised him to be a tough but sensitive New Seventies Man like Alan Alda; how his camp girlfriend dumped him for a guy nicknamed Taco; how he backed into marrying his wife by breaking up with her first; how he is completely undone by hearing a Creed song on the radio on the eve of becoming a father; and how he learned to use Santa Claus as a "bad cop" threat to control his kids year 'round.

From the comedian who brought you Stella and The State, Michael Ian Black says the kinds of things you’re afraid to admit. Here he is: naked, exposed, a little chilly, and understandably shriveled.

©2012 Michael Ian Black (P)2012 Random House, Inc.

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  • Grant
  • Abbotsford, BC, Canada
  • 04-09-12

Funny, Heartfelt, and Honest

I've always been a fan of Michael Ian Black, ever since I first discovered him as a member of the hilarious comedy trio "Stella". I expected this book to be very shticky, over-the-top, and silly; much like his comedy -- and it definitely has these elements. However it's also brutally honest and a gives you look into his personal life and marriage. I was not expecting such honesty and openness, but I loved his stories/advice and found it all fascinating.

Michael gives a great read/performance, and this book definitely has some solid laugh out loud moments (for me atleast). Highly recommend this book. And if you like this book you should check out his podcast "Mike and Tom Eat Snacks".

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  • Norman
  • Clairmont, Alberta, Canada
  • 06-14-12

Not what I expected, but still worth the price

What other book might you compare You're Not Doing It Right to and why?

It reminded me of Tina Fey's Bossy Pants as well as David Cross' I Drink for A Reason, mostly due to the mixture of biography and comedy as well as the intricate detail for certain stories.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed through a great deal of it, and was brought to tears by one particular scene.

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  • Beth
  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States
  • 04-12-12

Surprisingly poignant

I loved this book. I expected it to be funny; I did not expect it to be thought-provoking (really!) and poignant. Michael Ian Black writes from the heart and will make you laugh about a range of topics, from marriage & family to pop culture and religion. Highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Honest, funny and worth using a precious credit

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I love his dry, honest humor. If you are married, with children, you will understand every moment of this book. His voice is great and only he could read his stories to you. I cannot emphasize how much I connected to his total honesty. Some might not find this book funny, but think its so much better than just " funny". It's deeper and more raw. i had no idea what to expect, but I loved it.

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Unexpectedly Deep

What did you like best about this story?

I expected the book to be funny and light. It was funny but heavy. Not many authors attempt to explain the meaning of life. Especially without explicitly telling you that's what they're doing.

What about Michael Ian Black’s performance did you like?

Some reviews called him monotone or flat. I strongly disagree. He was paced. He was not monotone at all. He uses four letter words very well both in their placement within the text and as he reads them.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did laugh often. There was a particularly sad moment or two in the book that may bring a tear to some readers' eyes.

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  • Erik
  • Glendale, AZ, United States
  • 04-29-12

Good writing, but strangely bland performance

What did you like best about You're Not Doing It Right? What did you like least?

The writing is, as one would expect from a comedy writer, quite funny. What was strange though is that even though it is the author (comedian Michael Ian Black) who is narrating the story, he reads it in a very monotonous way. What's more is that I am a fan of his standup, but I think he didn't bring very much of his standup personality to the reading of the book. If he had been a bit more engaging in the (...his) story I would have given this 4-5 stars.

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  • Matt
  • Ann Arbor
  • 05-21-16

Spoiler Alert From a D.I.N.K.

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Good entertaining book with some stories that we can all relate and laugh to. For those of you without kids it gets pretty heavy on the kid stuff towards the end and almost feels like filler, Amy Poehler's book did the same thing. It kind of threw cold water on the book. But that's my opinion not yours! I don't regret the purchase and it was good entertainment that was worth it.

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  • Matt
  • Cranford, NJ, United States
  • 04-11-13

Meh.

What three words best describe Michael Ian Black’s performance?

Notably unremarkable; fairly slow; somewhat deliberate. Found myself speeding up the delivery to keep things interesting.

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Brilliant

Loved it. Couldn't stop listening until I finished and listen again. Bought the next book. Dry wit with real issues.

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  • Annabelle
  • New York, NY, United States
  • 08-24-16

Funny, then sad... but still funny

Would you listen to You're Not Doing It Right again? Why?

Yes – because M.I.G doesn't have enough standup specials to listen to!

Which character – as performed by Michael Ian Black – was your favorite?

This should be obvious, right?