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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 30 August 1948Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Birth NameLewis Niles Black
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lewis Black was born on August 30, 1948 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA as Lewis Niles Black. He is an actor and producer, known for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996), The Aristocrats (2005) and Lewis Black: Black on Broadway (2004).

Spouse (1)

? (? - ?) (divorced)

Trade Mark (4)

Incensed, sarcastic delivery of jokes, which usually focus on less-than-rational ideas and behavior of people.
Moving his fingers in odd patterns while performing his act
Deep, gravelly voice
Glasses

Trivia (23)

Graduated from University of North Carolina and Yale University
Grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Had a younger brother named Ronald, who died of cancer in July 1997 at 46. Black claims in his book, "Me of Little Faith", that his success as an entertainer finally took off after his brother's death, and thus he views him as an archangel.
Once co-owned a theater in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Went to University of Maryland his freshman year.
Once worked for the Appalachian Regional Commission under President Nixon.
Graduated from Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Once worked for the Silver Spring Post Office.
His father, Sam, was a mechanical engineer who built sea mines for the government during World War II and the Vietnam War. He quit ten years earlier than he had planned after reading the Geneva Accord and deciding there was no justification for the United States occupation of Vietnam. He then dedicated his life full-time to art, mostly stained glass and painting. He was also the one who introduced his son to theater and play writing, two things that defined Lewis Black's artistic endeavors long before stand-up comedy.
He has written 40 plays.
His mother, Jeannette, taught math in an all-black high school in Washington, D.C. She quit after the administration told her to stop straying from the rigid curriculum, wherein there were no real practical applications for students, many of whom were not going to college.
Attended the Yale School of Drama.
Played basketball in high school.
Toured Europe with childhood friend, Cliff, in the late 60s with the intent on "hitchhiking and getting laid", neither of which were successful. His tour took him to London, Paris, Vatican City, and many cities in Italy, Spain, Tunisia, and Germany. Among others, he saw the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona and visited the Nazi concentration camp, Dachau.
Is a member of Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.
Friends with fellow comedian-actor Mark Linn-Baker, and worked with him on a comedy act in New York in the early 1980s called "The Laundry Hour". The act was recreated on the audio-book version of "Me of Little Faith" with Linn-Baker.
Has a beer named after him at The Top of The Hill bar in Chapel Hill, North Carolina: Lewis Black Imperial Stout.
Great influence on him growing up was George Carlin.
His mother, Jeanette, is now 90 years young [2008].
Release of his book, "Me of Little Faith".
Release of his book, "Nothing's Sacred".
Lives in New York City and Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
In one of his early concerts, he declared that he believed the "End of the Universe" to be in Houston, Texas, because on West Gray Street, there are two Starbucks coffeehouses on adjacent corners. More than a decade later, not only do both Starbucks still stand, but there is a third within a Barnes & Noble just slightly down the block.

Personal Quotes (2)

I do have certain feelings. My feeling is that whoever is in charge, I want him out. [on why he will not campaign for political candidates, quoted in The Boston Globe, Aug. 1, 2004]
"In my lifetime, we've gone from Dwight D. Eisenhower to George W. Bush. We've gone from John F. Kennedy to Al Gore. If this is evolution, I believe that in 12 years, we'll be voting for plants".

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