Lewis Black

Lewis Black

Satirist and standup comic Lewis Black rose to prominence in the late '90s with regular appearances as a commentator on Comedy Central's The Daily Show. Obsessed with human stupidity, Black became one of the show's most distinctive contributors with his weekly "Back in Black" segment; his delivery was so full of frothing, barely articulate bile and rage that it could sometimes obscure the sharpness of his social and political observations. Black graduated from the Yale Drama School and worked for a government anti-poverty program under President Nixon before becoming the playwright in residence at the West Bank Café Downstairs Theatre Bar in Manhattan. Black authored over 40 plays that were produced there and at other theaters across the country (one, The Deal, was made into a movie). Seeking to move into comedy, Black made his motion-picture debut in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters in 1986, and went on to land a series of guest-starring roles on TV shows like Law and Order, Murphy Brown, Mad About You, Homicide, and The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd (the last of which was recurring); he also appeared in several more films, including 1990's Jacob's Ladder. Black's standup star began to rise with appearances on Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and he landed a big break when he signed on as a regular contributor to The Daily Show. Since then, Black has continued to tour the country as a standup comedian, and in 2000 issued his first CD, The White Album (which naturally took its art design from the Beatles' release). The following year, Black developed a one-man show called Black Humor, which he performed in New York City. After the success of Black's weekly stint on The Daily Show, he starred in several standup specials for the Comedy Central cable network, whose record division has also released three CDs of Black's onstage rants: 2003's Rules of Enragement, 2005's Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues, and 2006's Carnegie Hall Performance. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide





Albums:

Stark Raving Black Stark Raving Black
2010

Anticipation Anticipation
2008

Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues
2005

Rules of Enragement Rules of Enragement
2003

The End of the Universe The End of the Universe
2003

The White Album The White Album
2000

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