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Stark Raving Black -- 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.


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Lewis Black ... Himself

Directed by
Adam Dubin 
Writing credits
Lewis Black (written by)

Produced by
JoAnne Astrow .... executive producer
Rachele Benloulou .... associate producer
Lewis Black .... executive producer
Ben Brewer .... producer
Tom Case .... line producer
Jack Gulick .... producer
Mark Lonow .... executive producer
Judy Pastore .... executive producer: EPIX
Film Editing by
Christine Mitsogiorgakis 
Production Management
Ben Sabiers .... production manager
James A. Salkind .... post-production supervisor
Sound Department
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
Tom Efinger .... sound supervisor
Eric Gitelson .... sound editor
Eric Gitelson .... sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Seelye .... assistant sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
William Akerlund .... camera operator
Stan Crocker .... lighting designer
Bob DelRusso .... camera operator
Andrew Filippone Jr. .... documentary camera operator
Charlie Huntley .... camera operator
Mark Karavite .... steadicam operator
David Lezynski .... video engineer
Ian McCausland .... video engineer
John Meiklejohn .... camera operator
Seth Robinson .... lighting director
Scott Staton .... jib arm operator
Editorial Department
Gary Scarpulla .... colorist
Other crew
Marc Grant .... staging supervisor
Elizabeth B. Jackson .... caterer
Jason Muskovitz .... production assistant
Mindy Silberman .... production coordinator: Detroit
Ross Bernard .... special thanks

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Also Known As:
"Lewis Black: Stark Raving Black" - USA (long title)
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The soundtrack CD won the 2010 Grammy Award for best comedy album.See more »
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Controlled and well paced which limits the highs but gives good comic consistency, 21 October 2014
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

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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