Lewis Black takes what makes us crazy and makes it funny. It's a night of live comedy you won't forget. . . but if you do, it's probably because you're taking a drug that lowers your cholest... Read allLewis Black takes what makes us crazy and makes it funny. It's a night of live comedy you won't forget. . . but if you do, it's probably because you're taking a drug that lowers your cholesterol.Lewis Black takes what makes us crazy and makes it funny. It's a night of live comedy you won't forget. . . but if you do, it's probably because you're taking a drug that lowers your cholesterol.
Robin Williams, no longer with us.
Don Rickles, still here, still funny, more icon than anything else.
Bill Cosby, no longer doing stand-up, he now does sit-down, and he has some image issues.
Richard Jeni, one of the greatest comic talents I have ever seen, took his own life, ostensibly because only a few of us saw just how good he was. (Like Williams, he had issues).
Alan King, the first story-teller that dedicated the last few years of his career to explaining the process of "growing old," long gone.
George Carlin, the man credited with creating "observational comedy" (George once appeared on the Ed Sullivan show, the most prestigious gig in the WORLD at that time, and said nothing for the entire spot, just dead air -- Google it) gone. Besides, in the last few years of his career he was mainly doing movie cameos and rants.
Black, middle-aged, is younger than most of the comics listed above but his style is old-school. He is not a punch-line guy, he engages, he slowly but carefully brings you into his world, gets you nice and comfy, and then, makes you laugh.
Black, one of the hardest working guys in the biz, is from the Carlin school. He admits that, early on, he found his material got more punch if he pretended to get angry, the gimmick worked, and BANG, there was an act, a career.
This is not his best special. As with all comics of his style, his best material is his early material where he went after the "easy" targets -- doctors, airplanes, bottled water.
And just like Carlin, as Black matures, the line between "bits" and "rants" gets ever thinner.
But, to come full circle to where I started, he could easily be one of the last great living exponents of a dying art.
You merely have to tune in any recent Comedy Central roast to see the direction that standup is headed in.
Another reviewer said this is not a show to bring your parents to, which in fact, Black did.
The reviewer got it backwards. This is precisely what you want to bring your parents to in order to show what you have done with your life.
Now, those Comedy Central Roasts, that's quite another matter entirely.
- Feb 12, 2015