Lewis Black is a funny guy. His expletive-laced RANTS and YELLING about whatever's on his (our) mind lends a rejuvenating catharsis for anyone who's thinking exactly what he's saying.
While he's most famous for his long-running "Back In Black," segment on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, and his 2015 stint as "anger" in the 2015 Disney film "Inside Out," he was a playwright before he transitioned to stand-up. He says:
...working in the theater, you're one step away from being a junkie. Saying that I'm going to work for bubkes so I can play the whatever in 'Miss Julie' and have two lines, down on East Fourth Street, that nobody in their right mind is going to see -- that takes the mentality of an addict. And I was addicted to it. I loved doing it. I loved seeing it."
Yet, it was in theater that he learned he was made to rant. He continues:
...at the West Bank I was working totally in a void. I was just talking and hoping I'd get a laugh. And that evolved into looking at newspaper articles and seeing things that I thought were funny. What was happening, in retrospect, was that I was developing a point of view as a comedian
Finally, a fellow comic told him he was obviously angry, so why not yell? Indeed!
Lewis Black will bring his THE JOKE’S ON US TOUR to the Shubert Theater in New Haven on Sunday, November 11 at 7:00 pm. You can buy tickets here.