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Michael & Michael Have Issues
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Series promo intertitle
Format Comedy, sketch comedy
Created by Michael Ian Black
Michael Showalter
Starring Michael Ian Black
Michael Showalter
Josh Pais
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Michael Ian Black
Michael Showalter
Lou Wallach
Jim Biederman
Running time 22 minutes
Original channel Comedy Central
Original run July 15, 2009 – August 26, 2009
External links
Official website

Michael & Michael Have Issues (occasionally abbreviated as MMHI) is a cable television comedy series starring comedians and actors Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, who created the series. Both comedians appeared together in several TV comedy series, including The State, and Stella. The show premiered on July 15, 2009, on Comedy Central.[1] Showalter and Black confirmed on March 3, 2010 via their Twitter accounts that the show had been canceled.[2][3]



The series stars Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter playing fictionalized versions of themselves. As stated in a recent New York Times article, "Mr. Black and Mr. Showalter play the bickering stars of a sketch comedy program who never miss an opportunity to undermine each other. In between skits about stores that sell only sweatpants and characters like John the British Fork Offerer, narrative segments chronicle the not-so-fictional frenemies who constantly step on each other’s toes, even in seemingly inconsequential situations like an interview for a high school newspaper or the search for a birthday gift for their producer."[4]


  • Michael Ian Black (Michael Ian Black) – Michael plays a gayer version of himself, as well as a variety of characters.
  • Michael Showalter (Michael Showalter) – Michael plays a whinier version of himself, as well as a variety of characters.
  • Jim Biederman (Josh Pais) – Producer of the fictional show Michael & Michael Have Issues. Based on Jim Biederman, one of the producers of Michael & Michael Have Issues.
  • Kumail (Kumail Nanjiani) – Pakistani staffer on Michael & Michael Have Issues.
  • Marla Ratnerm (Jessi Klein) – Associate Producer of the fictional show Michael & Michael Have Issues.
  • Lindsey (Susan Heyward) – Office assistant of Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter.

Other characters

Episode one
  • Greg the Intern (Matt Bennett)
  • Jane (Diane Davis) – Michael Showalter's fictional girlfriend.
  • Jen Biederman (Jennifer Biederman) – Biederman's wife.
  • Christopher Meloni as himself
Episode two
  • Nick (Leo Allen) – An editor on the show.
  • Guy in office (Kumail Nanjiani)
  • Newswoman (Andrea Rosen) – Newswoman on MMHI News.
  • Vanessa (from the fifth floor) – Goes home from Biederman's party with Michael Showalter
Other episodes
  • Female Sketch Player (Arden Myrin)
  • Michael Ian Black's wife (Amy Spanger)
  • Pinecone Guy (Zak Orth)
  • Male Sketch Player (Henry Zebrowski)


Season Episodes Premiere Date End Date
Season 1 7 July 15, 2009 August 26, 2009


The Hartford Advocate, in reviewing the show, stated that "With Michael and Michael Have Issues, they've made arguably perfect comedy for the Comedy Central audience, which is basically everyone."[5]

Randee Dawn of The Hollywood Reporter commented "The Michaels have raw material in spades. Thus far, they haven't been able to harness it and make it consistently funny. For now, MMHI's real issue is that it's likely to be just another in a string of missed opportunities." [6]

IGN gave the first season a 7/10 stating that "it was a good season but never great" and that none of the episodes truly stood out.

Soon after the show was canceled, Comedy Central began airing reruns of the first season, to which Michael Ian Black responded via his twitter account:

"Apparently Comedy Central is airing my canceled show right now, to which I graciously say, "FUCK YOU, Comedy Central."[7]


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