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  • Thrillist Names Detroit’s Motz’s Burgers Among Best in Nation

    The folks at Thrillist have again compiled their annual list of the nation’s best burgers, and Southeast Michigan, it seems, is well represented. Ranking alongside joints in major cities such as New York and L.A., is Detroit’s own Motz’s Burgers, hailed specifically for its Double Cheeseburger Slider. Via Thrillist: There’s nothing remarkable about the façade of this SW diner… it’s just a diner, like the hundreds of others in the D. The staff’s been there for years… and so have the regulars, who can’t get enough of Motz’s legendary smashed burgers. The formula’s nothing revolutionary: smashed, griddled patties with oozy cheese and onions that melt into the burger itself as it cooks. But it’s that unmistakable flavor of a well-seasoned griddle — which has also been here for years — that makes the difference. You can score big burgers with accoutrements, but this isn’t really a place to say things like “accoutrements”. Grab the old-school slider (the double cheeseburger one), and prepare for three perfect bites of Detroit’s finest. Flint’s Torch Bar and Grill also made the cut, most notably for its Deluxe Torch Burger with Bacon. Tucked away in an alley beyond the brick streets that used to mark […]

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  • In what weird ways are you paying for school? MT wants to know!

    The Metro Times is looking for college students or graduates of Michigan colleges that used atypical means to pay for their schooling (i.e. sugar baby, selling underwear, military enrollment purely for school help, etc.). We are looking for personal anecdotes about the lengths you went to help pay for school, what came of it, your monetary situation, if the resource worked to get you through college and more. If you have utilized any one of these avenues, or know someone who has, please drop us a line at

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  • Kid Rock ordered to produce dildo in ICP sexual harassment lawsuit

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  • Henry Cavill and Amy Adams spotted at Pig & Whiskey

    Fans of the latest Superman franchise got a treat at Pig & Whiskey this weekend. Actors Henry Cavill and Amy Adams were spotted amid the crowds of the festival that took place in downtown Ferndale as well as a local restaurant. Cavill, who plays the man of steel in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, stopped to chat with fans, take pictures, and sign autographs on Saturday afternoon and evening. He was wearing an inconspicuous black polo shirt as well as a signature Superman-style ‘do. Other fans spotted Amy Adams at Ferndale’s Imperial on Saturday night, some were even seated next to her at the restaurant’s communal benches. Adams reportedly was slightly annoyed that patrons continuously asked for her photo, but she smiled while cell phones snapped images nonetheless. The Zach Snyder film the two are starring in together is currently filming in Birmingham. Ben Affleck, who plays Batman, has been spotted around town with his wife Jennifer Garner recently as well. The closed movie set is under intense security and Brett Callwood attempted to infiltrate the filming last month, but was forced to give up his camera’s memory card, lest he make off with telling photos.

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  • Shop Talk: Harvard and Duke students moderate panel discussion in Detroit

    The Social Club Grooming Company, a metro Detroit-based environmentally conscious company that focuses on health and beauty as well as education, will host Shop Talk this Thursday, a special in their on-going event series that will bring students from both Harvard and Duke for a panel discussion about the social-entreprenurial climate and business innovation happening in Detroit. Detroiters like Burn Rubber’s Rick Williams, fashion photographer Piper Carter, Crain’s Detroit’s Eric Cedo, Mission Throttle’s Jamie Shea, and campaign manager Bryan Barnhill will come together to discuss how to create change in the city’s economic landscape through innovation and entrepreneurship. Of course what makes this panel discussion unique is the way in which it will take place. As The Social Club is a barber shop, each panelist will be receiving a haircut while speaking, the trimmings from which will be used for their nitrogen content to help grow plants in the city. Part of a series that will help Detroiters meet city leaders, voices, artists, activists, and business owners, Shop Talk’s objective is to help young people understand their role in the city’s ever-changing economic system. “There’s so much positive energy in Detroit right now,” says Sebastian Jackson, The Social Club’s founder. “It’s […]

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Chewing the fat with Michael Ian Black

Black talks to Metro Times about fitness, Twitter, and fake jazz musicians, as well as his upcoming Magic Bag show.

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Before MTV was a parade of pregnant teens, it used to have some quality programming. The State, a sketch comedy show that would launch careers and spawn other hilarious television shows and movies is one example of that. The group was formed by drama and film students from NYU, including Michael Ian Black, who would drop out when MTV’s deal came along.

You might not know him by name, but you’d more than likely recognize Michael Ian Black by face. He was on that one show you started to like, then, out of nowhere, he was just gone. Despite his laundry list of short-lived shows, Black has remained a valuable member of the comedy community, releasing the stand-up albums I’m a Wonderful Man in 2007 and Very Famous in 2011. Black is also an author. In 2009, he released a collection of essays titled My Custom Van. In 2012, he penned his memoir, You’re Not Doing It Right, as well as a handful of acclaimed children’s books.

Black now co-hosts Duck Quacks Don’t Echo, a show that investigates unusual facts, which premiered earlier this year on NatGeoTV. He can also be heard on the Topics podcast with longtime collaborator and fellow member of The State, Michael Showalter. Black was gracious enough to talk to Metro Times — about fitness, Twitter, and fake jazz musicians. He performs at the Magic Bag June 12.

Metro Times: This is your first tour in a few years; is it in preparation for a new special?

Michael Ian Black: Not specifically. I’m not necessarily aiming to do a new special right away. I just wanted to get back on the road. I haven’t done it in a while, and I just thought it would be fun and healthy for me.

MT: How do you prepare for a tour?

Black: Well … obviously, I have to get myself in good aerobic shape. So that means hours and hours and hours of badminton. It means rock climbing, and I complete, I don’t know, a few triathlons before I hit the road. 

MT: Rock climbers have strange terms for things.

Black: Yeah, I know all those terms. 

MT: Instead of saying, “That’s cool,” they’ll say, “That’s choss.” Where does that come from?

Black: It’s a combination of things. “Chalk,” because climbers need chalk and, “oss,” which comes from gloss because it’s putting a happy shine on something. So, when you say something is choss, you’re saying it’s like happy chalk. 

MT: That makes sense. Is there an opener for the tour?

Black: There are different openers for different cities. I’m not sure who it is in Detroit. 

MT: Do you ever get an opener who doesn’t mesh well with your comedy?

Black: Umm, every once in a while, but most of the time, I think promoters and agents know me well enough to have a sense of what’s going to work and what’s not.

MT: On Very Famous, you say that you like doing stand-up “just OK.” Has that changed?

Black: It depends. Sometimes, I like it a lot, and sometimes it’s just OK. You can get burned out on it, and I was getting a little burned out on it. So that’s why I haven’t been doing it for a while, but absence does make the heart grow fonder. So I’m excited to reignite my love of it. It’s gonna blow your mind.

MT: I hope so. How do you write for stand-up?

Black: I sit down and I write. Then I try to memorize what I’ve written and then I try it out. There’s no big mystery to my process. 

MT: You starred in You’re Whole. Is there a plan to make more?

Black: We did a bunch of them for Adult Swim, and I think it’s kind of run its course. It’s an infomercial that I created for a life system for viewers, and it’s real dumb. 

MT: Was the 4 a.m. time slot intentional? 

Black: Yeah. Adult Swim, I think, wanted to throw weird things on at odd times, and we were one of those things. 

MT: Did you watch a lot of infomercials as research?

Black: No … no. I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about it. I think it would have ruined some of the stupidity if I thought too much about it and, you know, I’m nothing if not stupid. 

MT: On the Topics podcast, when do you choose the topic of discussion?

Black: As we’re hitting record is generally when we do it. 

MT: That doesn’t give you much time for research.

Black: Zero research. Zero forethought. Zero planning of any kind. 

MT: You did an episode on jazz and, I’ll be honest, I spent a good hour Googling your fictionalized Moonshine O’Shea. I was completely fooled.

Black: It sounded plausible. I’m seeing what happens when you Google “Moonshine O’Shea.” The two top hits are “’Moonshine O’Shea” and “’Moonshine O’Shea jazz.” Let’s see, there’s six results for “Moonshine O’Shea.” 

MT: A large portion of your fan base is twentysomethings. To what do you attribute that?

Black: I wish I could take the credit for it, but I think it’s my rugged good looks. 

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