My guest today is actor, comedian and writer, Michael Ian Black. Over his 30-year comedy career, Michael has created and starred in TV shows, movies like Wet Hot American Summer, and a series of books for children and adults. I caught up with him to discuss his new book, A Better Man, which has a letter he wrote to his son about masculinity before he leaves for college, for this podcast episode.
The 5 questions I ask in this episode:
- The Sandy Hook school shooting got you interested in gun violence because you noticed that it was boys who pulled the trigger. How do you think teaching boys about emotions, vulnerability, and empathy can create a better and safer society for everyone?
- I only learned the power of vulnerability in the past few years when I would open up on dates and discovered that it formed a stronger connection and they would reciprocate because they felt more comfortable. How have you been vulnerable with others and what opportunities has that created in your work-life?
- What conversation do you wish your dad had with you before he died and how do you think that would have shaped who you are as a man today?
- Over the past decade, gender roles have evolved with women becoming breadwinners, earning higher degrees, and assuming more of the household responsibilities. How can men adjust to our ever-evolving culture?
- What is your best piece of career advice?
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