Lewis Black | 8.8.08

lewisblacksquare.jpgBlack’s invective often comes out with so much anger that you can almost see the words flying out of his mouth is rapid machine-gun fire. At his best he becomes Yosemite Sam, the famed Warner Brother’s cartoon character, sputtering with disdain.

 

 

 

 

 

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We live in a gentle, somewhat hypocritical world. We are appalled when politicians speak their minds, but immediately start shouting "where’s the beef?" afterwards. What we as American is total honesty as long as the views expressed fully jive with those of our own. What this country needs is more angry men and women whose minds can wrap around a subject and squeeze it till it turns from a piece of turd into a diamond.

Sadly our angry people don’t often show up where they can do the most good – government – but often they do show up in the second best place – comedy. George Carlin sliced holes in Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover. Political fortunes are made or lost via an acerbic comment  from Letterman or Leno. In our current world many nights are closed with the combination of the Daily Show and The Colbert Report.

The Daily Show popularized our current favorite angry man – Lewis Black. Black’s humor, dosed out in a few minutes of commentary, often points out the ridiculous nature of today’s world and especially its politicians. Black’s invective often comes out with so much anger that you can almost see the words flying out of his mouth is rapid machine-gun fire. At his best he becomes Yosemite Sam, the famed Warner Brother’s cartoon character, sputtering with disdain.

Black is best on stage. Given time to build himself into a fury he is capable of taking the whole audience with him and creating a revolt. Friday night at the Fox Theater Black will take the stage and hold forth on topics of irritation. One wonders what he will do with the fact that the opening night of the Olympics is his competition. One can only hope that the audience rises up with him to take over the world. There is no fear of this Black planet. | Jim Dunn

 

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Jim Dunn grew up in NY in the 70s and 80s. Even though that time in music really shapes his appreciation it does not define it. Music, like his beloved history is a long intermingled path that grows, builds and steals from its past. He lives in Colorado with his lovely wife and a wild bunch of animals.

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