Lewis Black is an American stand-up comedian, author, playwright and actor. He is known for his comedy style which often includes simulating a mental breakdown or an increasingly angry rant, ridiculing history, politics, religion, trends and cultural phenomena. He hosted Comedy Central's The Root of All Evil and makes regular appearances on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart delivering his “Back in Black” commentary segment. When not on the road performing, he resides in Manhattan and also maintains a residence in Chapel Hill, N.C. He is currently the spokesman for Aruba Tourism, appearing in television ads that appeared in late 2009 and 2010. Black's style of comedy is that of a man who, in dealing with the absurdities of life and contemporary politics, is approaching his personal limits of sanity. Sarcasm, hyperbole, profanity, shouting and trademark angry finger-shaking bring emphasis to his topics of discussion. He once described his humor as "being on the Titanic every single day and being the only person who knows what is going to happen." He claims that he doesn't write his jokes down, he merely starts talking about something that makes him angry until he has to move on before he has a stroke.
About Lewis Black
On February 11, 2007, Black received a Grammy award for “Best Comedy Album” for his album The Carnegie Hall Performance.
On June 18, 2007 he sat in with Southern rock/Jam band Gov’t Mule at the 6th annual Bonnaroo music festival, where he had performed earlier that weekend, for what was to be a quick joke. A member of the audience threw a bottle at Black, which struck him. Black was upset and he encouraged the audience to boo the heckler before leaving the stage in disgust, while shouting obscenities at the heckler. This act was seen in an episode of “Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil” titled “YouTube vs. Porn”.
On June 29, 2007, Black gave a benefit show at Springbrook High School, his alma mater, in the school’s auditorium for 1,100 alumni, faculty, and students. He performed in his usual style, stopping at points to remark how good it felt to use that language on that particular stage. At the end of the show he was given a Springbrook football jersey, and cursed at one teacher for giving him a B and causing him not to graduate first in his class.
Black did the voice-over for an oxpecker named Ted in Cartoon Network series My Gym Partner’s a Monkey, appearing in “Hornbill and Ted’s Bogus Journey.” The character is portrayed in the same fashion as his comedy shows, though without the profanity. In addition, the bird’s clothes, looks, and mannerisms match those of Black himself.
Black hosted the Comedy Central television series The Root Of All Evil in 2008. The show pitted two people or pop-culture topics against each other as a panel of comedians argued, in the style of a court trial, which is more evil, e.g., “Paris Hilton vs. Dick Cheney” and “Internet Porn vs. YouTube”. After hearing arguments from both sides, Black, acting as judge, made the final decision as to which is more evil.
Black hosted Comedy Central’s Last Laugh ’07, which aired on December 2 2007 along with Dave Attell and D.L. Hughley.
In mid December 2007, Black went with Robin Williams, Kid Rock, Lance Armstrong and Rachel Smith “Miss USA 2007” on a USO trip to support the troops in Iraq and Kuwait. They then wrapped it up on Dec 22nd at the U.S Naval Station in Rota, Spain.
Comedy Central’s “Stand-Up Month” in January 2008 features specials originally presented on HBO by Black, along with programs featuring Dane Cook and Chris Rock.
In January 2008, as part of Comedy Central’s “Stand-Up Month”, Black’s routine finished at #5 on “Stand-Up Showdown 2008”, a viewer-based countdown of the top “Comedy Central Presents” routines.
On February 18, 2008, Black hosted History of the Joke with Lewis Black, a 2-hour comedy-documentary on The History Channel.
Black helped create the annual Carolina Comedy Festival at his alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Black is currently on tour touting his latest book Me of Little Faith. He is also currently doing a stand-up tour called “Let Them Eat Cake”.
On August 2, 2009, Black filmed two shows at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit, MI. These shows were the basis for a concert film called Stark Raving Black, which appeared in theatres for a limited time in October. It will also be released as a DVD.
At the end of 2009, Black returned to the History Channel to host Surviving the Holidays with Lewis Black, in which he discussed the year-end pressures of Thanksgiving, Channukah, Christmas, and New Year’s.
Beginning in January 2010, Black embarked on a new tour called “In God We Rust”.