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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
March 2008 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
Commedian Lewis Black holds court over celebrities and other pop culture figures whom he accuses of being "the root of all evil."
User Reviews:
S1: Format doesn't work as well as it should, stilting the flow and not helping the often average material See more (8 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 12)

Lewis Black ... Himself - Host (18 episodes, 2008)

Matt Price ... Post-Show Interviewer (10 episodes, 2008)

Greg Giraldo ... Himself (9 episodes, 2008)
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Series Directed by
Michael Addis (8 episodes, 2008)
Hal Grant (8 episodes, 2008)

Keith Truesdell (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
David Baldy (10 episodes, 2008)
Adam Felber (10 episodes, 2008)
Ned Goldreyer (10 episodes, 2008)
Ilyse Mimoun (10 episodes, 2008)
Matt Price (10 episodes, 2008)
Scott Carter (8 episodes, 2008)
David Sacks (8 episodes, 2008)

Series Produced by
Michael Addis .... supervising producer (18 episodes, 2008)
John Bowman .... consulting producer (18 episodes, 2008)
Allison Dykstra .... associate producer (18 episodes, 2008)
Keith Raskin .... producer (18 episodes, 2008)
Brian Ash .... associate producer (10 episodes, 2008)
Gregory Fein .... clip producer (10 episodes, 2008)
Judy Chiu Strauss .... associate producer (9 episodes, 2008)
Renetta G. Amador .... associate producer (8 episodes, 2008)
JoAnne Astrow .... co-executive producer (8 episodes, 2008)
David Baldy .... co-producer (8 episodes, 2008)
Derek Bartholomaus .... post producer (8 episodes, 2008)
Lewis Black .... executive producer (8 episodes, 2008)
Scott Carter .... executive producer (8 episodes, 2008)
Stacey Grenrock-Woods .... consulting producer (8 episodes, 2008)
Mark Lonlow .... co-executive producer (8 episodes, 2008)
Kathleen Madigan .... consulting producer (8 episodes, 2008)
Ilyse Mimoun .... consulting producer (8 episodes, 2008)
Neta-Lee Noy .... associate producer (8 episodes, 2008)
Mary Eileen Prise .... clip producer (8 episodes, 2008)
Chris Robinson .... coordinating producer (8 episodes, 2008)
David Sacks .... executive producer (8 episodes, 2008)
Ashley Schiller .... segment producer (8 episodes, 2008)
Stephanie Storey .... segment producer (8 episodes, 2008)
Barton Kimball .... associate producer (7 episodes, 2008)
Darcie Cebula .... associate producer (6 episodes, 2008)

Alicia Good .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Matt Price .... consulting producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Tim P. (4 episodes, 2008)
Stephen Phillips (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert Landau (18 episodes, 2008)
Leo Papin (8 episodes, 2008)
Ben Stout (8 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Casting by
Theodore S. Hann (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Production Design by
Anton Goss (8 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Art Direction by
Dylan Jones (8 episodes, 2008)
Gary Kordan (7 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Costume Design by
Alison Freer (18 episodes, 2008)

Beth Morgan (unknown episodes, 2008)
 
Series Makeup Department
Michelle Daurio .... makeup department head / hair stylist / ... (18 episodes, 2008)
Tyson Fountaine .... key makeup artist (13 episodes, 2008)
Christie Skinner .... additional hair stylist / additional makeup artist (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Production Management
Zoe Friedman .... executive in charge: Comedy Central (1 episode, 2008)
Scott Landsman .... executive in charge: Comedy Central (1 episode, 2008)

Hugh Del Regno .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Nickson .... post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Staley .... associate director (6 episodes, 2008)
Carole Scott .... associate director (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Art Department
Gary Kordan .... field art director (8 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Sound Department
Mike Cruz .... sound: A2 (8 episodes, 2008)
Amanda Garcia .... sound: A2 (8 episodes, 2008)
Ish Garcia .... sound mixer (8 episodes, 2008)
John Pooley .... sound re-recording mixer (8 episodes, 2008)
Bob La Masney .... audio sweetener (7 episodes, 2008)
J.P. Elmore .... p.a. mixer (6 episodes, 2008)
Jeff Bloom .... field audio engineer (4 episodes, 2008)
Doug Ball .... field audio engineer (3 episodes, 2008)
Pete Sample .... field audio engineer (3 episodes, 2008)
Jack Ingram .... p.a. mixer (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Brian Obee .... computer graphics / motion graphics designer (18 episodes, 2008)
Eric McGilloway .... motion graphics designer (8 episodes, 2008)
Lars Radmall .... senior motion graphics designer (8 episodes, 2008)
Jordan Foster .... motion graphics designer: opening sequence (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Stephen Tachera .... lighting console programmer (10 episodes, 2008)
Paul Gibson .... lighting board operator (8 episodes, 2008)
Randy Gomez Jr. .... camera operator (8 episodes, 2008)
Mark Gonzales .... camera operator (8 episodes, 2008)
Adam McCardel .... camera operator (8 episodes, 2008)
Bart Ping .... camera operator (8 episodes, 2008)
Eric Sanderlin .... best boy electric / electrician (8 episodes, 2008)
Philo Soloman .... camera operator (8 episodes, 2008)
Jim Velarde .... camera operator (8 episodes, 2008)
Brian Bernie .... electrician (6 episodes, 2008)
Calvin 'Bubz' Dupleasis .... electrician (6 episodes, 2008)
Jeff Flaim .... gaffer (6 episodes, 2008)
Tom Hejda .... field camera operator (6 episodes, 2008)
Simon Miles .... lighting designer (6 episodes, 2008)
David Ortiz .... camera operator (6 episodes, 2008)
Jerry Baysdorfer .... videotape operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Steve Canas .... field camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Richard Coniglio .... videotape operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Brian Freidin .... best boy electric / gaffer (4 episodes, 2008)
Dave McCoul .... field camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
David Gaines .... field camera operator (3 episodes, 2008)
Robert Smith .... field camera operator (3 episodes, 2008)
Tristan Whitman .... field camera operator (3 episodes, 2008)
Terry Clark .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2008)
Julien Couly .... key grip (2 episodes, 2008)
Brent Petzoldt .... electrician (2 episodes, 2008)
Victor Sable .... lighting designer (2 episodes, 2008)
Chris Shaw .... electrician (2 episodes, 2008)
Sylvester Stewart .... electrician (2 episodes, 2008)
Evans Vestal Ward .... still photographer (2 episodes, 2008)

Chris Scharffenberg .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Animation Department
Jeffrey Pittle .... animator (10 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jamie Redwood .... costume assistant (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Editorial Department
Austin Michael Scott .... assistant editor (18 episodes, 2008)
Robert Landau .... lead editor (8 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Other crew
Robyn Adams .... writers' assistant (10 episodes, 2008)
Natalie Barbrie .... executive assistant (10 episodes, 2008)
Rachel Howard .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2008)
Emily Kavanaugh .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2008)
Linda Morel .... production coordinator (10 episodes, 2008)
Marin Pelletier .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2008)
Kevin Schini .... writers assistant (10 episodes, 2008)
Armen Katchiguian .... researcher (9 episodes, 2008)
Johnna Bond .... production coordinator (8 episodes, 2008)
Dylan Cooper .... teleprompter operator (8 episodes, 2008)
Trevor Dellecave .... assistant to producer (8 episodes, 2008)
Jay Griffiths Jr. .... video control (8 episodes, 2008)
Shae Kennedy .... talent coordinator (8 episodes, 2008)
Dan Lorenze .... utility (8 episodes, 2008)
Craig Marazzo .... utility (8 episodes, 2008)
David Maxwell .... lot EIC (8 episodes, 2008)
Michael Meilan .... script coordinator (8 episodes, 2008)
Sketch Pasinski .... utility (8 episodes, 2008)
Chris Savage .... head utility (8 episodes, 2008)
Ilan Solimany .... utility (8 episodes, 2008)
Stacy Talbot .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 2008)
Patrick Whitney .... stage manager (8 episodes, 2008)
Brian Anderson .... second stage manager (6 episodes, 2008)
Hugh Bartlett .... technical director (6 episodes, 2008)
Patrick Despres .... set production assistant (6 episodes, 2008)
Diana Lucy Eneriz .... production staff (6 episodes, 2008)
Maceo Greenberg .... production staff (6 episodes, 2008)
Brian Leggett .... production staff (6 episodes, 2008)
Zack Marchinsky .... production staff (6 episodes, 2008)
David Miller .... production staff (6 episodes, 2008)
Kevin Muldoon .... profile operator (6 episodes, 2008)
Leif Roswold .... production staff (6 episodes, 2008)
Shaun Russell .... production staff (6 episodes, 2008)
Chris Scharffenberg .... production staff (6 episodes, 2008)
Elan Sobel .... production staff (6 episodes, 2008)
Cindy Bertram .... decko operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Maggie Boulware .... production staff (4 episodes, 2008)
Jacey Johnson .... assistant accountant (4 episodes, 2008)
Juanita Jordan .... decko operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Jeanne Kowalski .... accountant (4 episodes, 2008)
Albert Adams .... profile operator (2 episodes, 2008)
Iqbal Hans .... technical director (2 episodes, 2008)
Dency Nelson .... second stage manager (2 episodes, 2008)

Aimee Campolucci .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jill Marie Hoffman .... assistant audience coordinator (unknown episodes)
Jennifer L. Stone .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Steve Vitolo .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Tessa Winkler .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
30 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Quotes:
Himself - Host:I'm Lewis Black, and this is my courtroom, where I put on trial all the people and things that make me want to fall asleep with a bottle of whiskey and a teddy bear.See more »
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S1: Format doesn't work as well as it should, stilting the flow and not helping the often average material, 5 October 2014
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

On paper I liked the concept here. With my experience of Black mostly limited to his rage-fuelled bits on The Daily Show, it sounded like a show totally set up for him to lay judgment into things that wind him up would work really well. Unfortunately the delivery of this doesn't make the most of its strengths and, although has some good bits here and there, generally feels a bit average throughout.

The format, while sounding good, is actually part of the problem. In a 20 minute show it is very fragmented and scripted; I get that it is television, not improv or stand-up, but the stiffness of it and the very precise delivery of bits tends to rob it of energy and life. The comedians deliver their short bits in a way that never feels natural – indeed even the moments of banter between them feel over-rehearsed and lacking spark. The subjects chosen offer potential and to be fair in each episode I would say there is at least one or two good laughs or chuckles to be had, but mostly it is material that feels like it needed a bit more work on the writing in order to have some flair to it, and then a bit more freedom to deliver it.

This feeling extends to Black himself; he is really hemmed in by the format, delivering his material in very strict blocks and never having the time and freedom to build as well as I have seen him do on TDS. His lines may occasionally be funny, but not very often. The sense of material lacking refinement, a format that seems to know it is not really working, and comedians not really consistently on their best form, is all made that little bit worse by the production itself. The set itself looks a bit second-rate, but it is the audience that is the issue – well, not so much them, but the way the audience is presented. All through the show we have what is clearly canned laughter, and I found it really quite annoying and distracting to have the taped audience trying to force me to believe that a rather so-so line was actually the most hilarious thing ever. It doesn't help again that we can actually see the audience in the background of many of the shots and thus we see them let out a sort of smile/snort reaction at a time when the laugh track would have us believe everyone is rolling in the aisles.

It is a shame because maybe with a bit less production and a bit less rigidity, this could have been quite fun, but unfortunately it is really very little to talk about. The most immediately noticeable mistake is that Black himself is wasted as a resource due to the format, but sadly it is only the first of many things that really fall below the required level in this show.

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