City Paper is not for tourists
Michael Ian Black may be one of the most prolific comedians working today. It’s been two decades since he appeared as a regular on MTV’s sketch show The State; since then, he’s tried his hand at screenwriting (2007’s Run, Fat Boy, Run), pop culture commentary (VH1’s I Love The… series), podcasts, and books (including America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom, which he co-wrote with Meghan McCain). Black’s also known for his collaborations with The State cast members David Wain and Michael Showalter, most notably in the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer. Recently, Black has busied himself with roles in Comedy Central’s Another Period, the Jim Gaffigan Show, and the highly anticipated Netflix series Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Black’s standup act, meanwhile, is a showcase for his more absurd musings and solo theatrics; in his 2011 special Very Famous, he transformed a standard riff on air travel into a bit full of accents, physicality, and uncomfortable silences. Black remains a regular presence in both mainstream and alternative comedy scenes, and it’s a good sign for both that he shows no signs of slowing down. Michael Ian Black performs at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. $25. (703) 486-2345. arlingtondrafthouse.com.