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STARK RAVING BLACK PRODUCTIONS proudly presents the comedy of Lewis Black in 80 minutes of outrageous topical stand-up humor. Shot at the historic Fillmore Theatre in Detroit, Stark Raving ... See full summary »

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STARK RAVING BLACK PRODUCTIONS proudly presents the comedy of Lewis Black in 80 minutes of outrageous topical stand-up humor. Shot at the historic Fillmore Theatre in Detroit, Stark Raving Black features Lewis Black serving up his blistering social and political commentary on current events. The movie is the culmination of his very best material from his sold-out shows throughout North America and Europe in 2009. Written by Anonymous

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Controlled and well paced which limits the highs but gives good comic consistency
21 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although I have seen his bits on The Daily Show, and also enduring one season of Root of All Evil, this show was the first time actually seeing him do a full show. The biggest thing I noticed from early on was that the tone was much more balanced; of course in segments of a few lines (as host) or a few minutes (as guest), he pushes the anger and rage to the fore, but here, while that is of course still very much part of the show, it is never pushed quite as much as in the smaller segments. This did take me a minute to get used to, but it was an issue with me, not the show.

Settling into the tone I found that Black still based his material on disillusionment and anger, but the show had more of a balance and thought to it, so jokes were more stories rather than quick-fire one-liners delivered with a thrusting point of the finger, and the extremes to which he went in his delivery were more leveled out. This did make for more of an engaging show I felt, although different to what I expected. The laughs also come fairly consistently but without quite the highs either. Some of the segues between subjects were pretty clunky, but the subjects themselves are good, with a range of personal, opinion, exaggerated and so on. Although he is political in nature, there were more 'calling people out' moments than I expected given the balanced tone of the show, and these were well phrased and reasoned.

A surprisingly even handed show then; perhaps not as hilarious as his Daily Show segments but understandably more controlled and reasoned through, making for a consistent and enjoyably show.


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