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  • Hold On with Eugene Mirman, Season 3 | Eugene Mirman,Kristen Schaal,Neil deGrasse Tyson,Ira Glass,Michael Ian Black, Audible Comedy

    Hold On with Eugene Mirman, Season 3

    • ORIGINAL (45 mins)
    • By Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and others
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    [Contains explicit content] Storytelling aficionado and inquisitive host Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers) sits down with special guests and hits “pause” to mine for funny details they might have left out of their true, entertaining, and personal stories. Hilarious tangents, amusing sidebars, and deep digressions abound in this peek at the stories behind the stories.

  • David Sedaris, Part 1 | Michael Ian Black,David Sedaris

    David Sedaris, Part 1

    • ORIGINAL (40 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, David Sedaris
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    NPR Humorist and Best-selling Author of "Me Talk Pretty One Day" and "When You Are Engulfed in Flames," author David Sedaris became a household name in his mid-thirties after public radio broadcast his iconic holiday story "SantaLand Diaries.” 20 years later he now tours the world, selling out venues full of loyal fans. In Part 1 of his interview, Michael talks to David about how he crafts his stories and how his career as a writer and performer became so successful.

  • David Sedaris, Part 2 | Michael Ian Black,David Sedaris

    David Sedaris, Part 2

    • ORIGINAL (32 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, David Sedaris
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    In Part 2 of Michael’s interview with Best-selling Author David Sedaris, they talk about growing up Sedaris and how his relationship with his father motivated him to be the writer he is today.

    In this in-depth interview show, Black takes listeners into the minds of some of today’s most fascinating celebrities and newsmakers to discuss the process of how they became, well, amazing.

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson | Michael Ian Black,Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Neil deGrasse Tyson

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Neil deGrasse Tyson
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    In this wide ranging conversation, 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. In this candid interview, the two discusses how he deals with fame, why he thinks NASA is so important, and how he approaches science deniers.

  • Brian Greene | Michael Ian Black,Brian Greene

    Brian Greene

    • ORIGINAL (33 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Brian Greene
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    Michael takes listeners into the world of the theoretical physicist and string theorist, Brian Greene, who has the unusual gift for not only understanding some of the world's most difficult mathematic equations, but being able to explain them and make them fascinating to the rest of the population.

  • Jim Gaffigan | Michael Ian Black,Jim Gaffigan

    Jim Gaffigan

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Jim Gaffigan
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    [Contains explicit content] In his early years as a comedian, Jim Gaffigan struggled to find his own comedic point of view. It took him years to figure out that his best work meant being comfortable as his clean self and having faith that funny is funny, even without profanity. Along with his writing partner, and wife, Jeanie, Gaffigan has become one of the most popular comedians working today.

  • Amy Schumer | Michael Ian Black,Amy Schumer

    Amy Schumer

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Amy Schumer
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    [Contains explicit content] Michael sits down with his friend and fellow comedian Amy Schumer to discuss her years as a stand-up, her hit Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer, and Trainwreck, her upcoming film with Judd Apatow.

    In this in-depth interview show, Black takes listeners into the minds of some of today’s most fascinating celebrities and newsmakers to discuss the process of how they became, well, amazing.

  • Lin-Manuel Miranda | Michael Ian Black,Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Lin-Manuel Miranda

    • ORIGINAL (58 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Lin-Manuel Miranda
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    Michael hears from Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony Award-winning lyricist whose musical In the Heights catapulted him to the Broadway scene at a very young age. The two discuss his passion for hip-hop music, building a hit Broadway show, working with Neil Patrick Harris and how he was able to combine his love of musical theater and hip-hop to successfully make a career out of doing what he loves.

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  • Dan Harris | Michael Ian Black,Dan Harris

    Dan Harris

    • ORIGINAL (44 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Dan Harris
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    [Contains explicit content] After years of covering wars overseas, it was reading the news on "Good Morning America" that nearly did in newsman Dan Harris after he suffered a major panic attack live on air. His nationally televised wake-up call forced him to stop self-medicating with recreational drugs and start a search for serenity.

  • Michael Lewis | Michael Ian Black,Michael Lewis

    Michael Lewis

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Michael Lewis
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    The best-selling author of The Blind Side, The Big Short, Moneyball and his newest, The Undoing Project, is known to be a master storyteller. He proves no different in this interview as he tells great stories about his years growing up in New Orleans and how that helped shape his worldview and his approach to writing.

  • Mike Massimino (Audible Exclusive) | Michael Ian Black,Mike Massimino

    Mike Massimino (Audible Exclusive)

    • ORIGINAL (50 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Mike Massimino
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    It's easy to say why Mike Massimino is amazing — he's been to space. Twice. But the story is bigger than that. It took Astronaut Mike four tries over several years to get accepted into the NASA space program. When his turn finally came to lift off into outer space, nothing prepared him for how amazing a ride it would be.

  • Kevin Smith | Michael Ian Black,Kevin Smith

    Kevin Smith

    • ORIGINAL (51 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Kevin Smith
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    [Contains explicit content] Michael takes listeners into the world of the fascinating and profane indie movie director Kevin Smith, whose first film, Clerks, helped change the world of movie-making.

  • Harlan Coben | Michael Ian Black,Harlan Coben

    Harlan Coben

    • ORIGINAL (56 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Harlan Coben
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    Best-selling author Harlan Coben has over 60 million books in 43 different languages. In this episode he talks to Michael in a remarkably practical way about how he does it — his writing process, how he dreams up his wildly imaginative and fun murder mysteries, his approach to marketing his books and more. A not-to-miss episode for anyone who aspires to write or just wants to know how a big best seller is put together.

  • Bob Odenkirk | Michael Ian Black,Bob Odenkirk

    Bob Odenkirk

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    • By Michael Ian Black, Bob Odenkirk
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    Michael sits down with actor, comedian, and author Bob Odenkirk to talk about his professional journey starting as a brash young writer for Saturday Night Live, working as one half of the HBO cult comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David, and becoming a breakout star in the hit series Breaking Bad, which spawned his own series, Better Call Saul. Along the way, Odenkirk realizes that sometimes being a bull in a china shop isn't always the best approach.

  • Megan Mullally | Michael Ian Black,Megan Mullally

    Megan Mullally

    • ORIGINAL (53 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Megan Mullally
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    [Contains explicit content] After barely paying her rent for years trying to make it as an actress, Megan Mullally hit the big time playing the wealthy, alcoholic socialite Karen Walker on the Emmy Award-winning TV sitcom Will & Grace. Her funny, warm and thoughtful take on fame is nothing less than inspirational.

  • Max Brooks | Michael Ian Black,Max Brooks

    Max Brooks

    • ORIGINAL (54 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Max Brooks
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    When you grow up the only child of two very famous parents, most people don’t expect much from you, but Max Brooks wanted to prove to himself that he was more than just “Mel Brook’s brat.” After trying his hand at various pursuits, he channeled his lifelong inclination toward the worst case scenario and wrote The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, which not only became huge hits among zombie fans.

  • Penn Jillette | Michael Ian Black,Penn Jillette

    Penn Jillette

    • UNABRIDGED (44 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Penn Jillette
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    [Contains explicit content] 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 make drastic changes to his diet. In this episode he and Michael discuss how his desire to never take the easy route has helped make him a great magician and showman, and pushed him to lose over 100 pounds without surgery.

  • Chuck Klosterman | Michael Ian Black,Chuck Klosterman

    Chuck Klosterman

    • ORIGINAL (49 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Chuck Klosterman
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    [Contains explicit content] Chuck Klosterman is best known for his wildly popular books on music and pop cultural including the mega hits Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto and Killing Yourself to Live, in which he writes about subjects he is passionate about — from heavy metal to breakfast cereals and everything in between. In this episode Klosterman discusses his rise from small town boy to finding his place as one of America’s best loved cultural critics.

  • John Leguizamo | Michael Ian Black,John Leguizamo

    John Leguizamo

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    • By Michael Ian Black, John Leguizamo
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    [Contains explicit content] Actor and playwright John Leguizamo has become famous for being an open book, which is apparent in his critically acclaimed one-man shows that chronicle his life from troublemaker to film star. In his conversation with Michael, he talks seriously about how he became a performer, how money and fame were never important, and how a Latin boy from Queens was able to carve out his own career in what he calls “Hollywon’t.”

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  • Nate Silver | Michael Ian Black,Nate Silver

    Nate Silver

    • ORIGINAL (52 mins)
    • By Michael Ian Black, Nate Silver
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    Michael talks with Nate Silver, the founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight.com, who is a statistical celebrity. His take on data is not only accessible and fascinating to those of us who flunked algebra, but it's correct and has garnered him a huge following and praise from President Obama.

    In this in-depth interview show, Black takes listeners into the minds of some of today’s most fascinating celebrities and newsmakers to discuss the process of how they became, well, amazing.

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