I became a Michael Ian Black fan after seeing him powerwalk in Wet Hot American Summer, one of the great dumb movies of this decade (and if you know me, you know that's a high compliment). So I'm not hip enough to have first seen him in his early TV show The State, but I'm hipper than those who discovered him in VH1's I Love the Decade series. I can accept that.
There are those who find him very not funny, but he makes me laugh amighty. Check out his written work on McSweeney's here. Or, if you've only got 1:38 to spare, watch him read his poem, "If I Had a Slave."
Kudos to the camerman for managing to keep the shot as steady as he did.