Michael Ian Black (born Michael Ian Schwartz; August 12, 1971) is an American comedian, actor, and writer. He has starred in several TV comedy series, including The State, Viva Variety, and Stella.
Black was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Jill, a store owner, and Robert Schwartz, an executive. He grew up in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey, where he attended Hillsborough High School. His parents divorced when he was three years old. When he was seven, his father died during neurological surgery following a mysterious assault. Black is Jewish.
As a teenager, Schwartz attended Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Training Center in New York.