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Lewis Black's 'Old Yeller' Will Be the First Simulcast Pay-Per-View Standup Special

The Daily Show's Lewis Black is trying something new with his next standup special, entitled Lewis Black: Old Yeller. Deadline reports that on Saturday, August 24th at 9:30pm ET, Lewis Black will perform the special to a live audience, and it'll air simultaneously on pay-per-view cable, satellite, and telco platforms, making it the first standup special to debut this way. Outlets participating include Xfinity, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications, DirecTV, Dish, Cablevision, Charter Communications, AT&T U-Verse and Verizon FiOS.

Black's previous two specials, 2010's Stark Raving Black and 2011's In God We Rust, were released via the cable channel Epix with Stark Raving Black getting a small theatrical [...]

Late Night Roundup: Angry Old Guys Don Rickles and Lewis Black Do Their Things

Two of America’s funniest angry old guys made late night appearances last night. First, “Mr. Warmth” Don Rickles stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to bust Kimmel’s balls for being a “dumbbell host” and to admit he realizes nobody is interested in buying his app. At 86, Rickles is still spry and quick to berate Kimmel at every chance he gets.

64-year-old angry guy Lewis Black returned to The Daily Show for another installment of his long-running segment “Back in Black,” which he only does a few times a year these days. Black takes on Lance Armstrong, butt chugging, and donkey sex crimes, all topics that give him ample opportunity [...]

Lewis Black on Starting as a Road Comic at 40

"The other thing is that I shifted careers, so when I started doing standup… I was 40 when I started going on the road. Not that I didn’t go crazy during that time period. It was like, “Really? We can sit in the bar until 5?” But I was really spending all of that time learning another skill. I didn’t have time to fuck around. All of a sudden I was making a living. I was broke until I was 40. Really broke. I could get by, but I had nothing. No health insurance, so if something happened I was screwed. I was lucky my parents had money and my [...]

Aziz Ansari, Kevin Hart, Bill Hader, Miss Piggy to Perform at Just For Laughs

From July 12th to the 29th, comedians of all sorts will descend upon Montreal for the 30th Just For Laughs festival. Performers include: Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader, Bob Saget, John Pinette, Lewis Black, Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswalt (who will also be the keynote speaker), Wayne Brady, Mario Cantone, and The Muppets. Chelsea Handler will be there accepting and, if her reputation serves her correctly, celebrating, her Comedy Person of the Year award. Also, Key & Peele will be receiving the Breakout Comedy Star award and Hannibal "The Accolade Machine" Buress will be named the Rising Comedy Star. We should all go but we have to make sure [...]

The Daily Show and Lewis Black Won Grammy Awards, Didn't Show Up in Eggs

The Grammys were last night. Yeah, I know. Here are your comedy-related wins: The Daily Show crew won Best Spoken Word Album for Earth: The Book and Lewis Black won Best Comedy Album for Stark Raving Black.

Watch Lewis Black Give a College Commencement Speech

Of course, Lewis Black is the first person you'd pick to speak at a college commencement ceremony. (via Laughspin)

The Art of Comedy Throughout the Ages and 'History of the Joke'

It’s no secret that sometimes comedy is taken a bit too seriously. Comedy obsessives love not just the jokes, but the mechanics and emotions of the comedy world. There are a raft of comedy documentaries exploring comedy and comedians, but do they really have anything significant to add to the discussion? This series looks at comedy documentaries and whether they’re interesting, insightful, and possibly even…funny?

In 2005, the History Channel dipped into the world of comedy documentaries with a two-hour special, History of the Joke, structured around the idea of looking for the world’s best joke. The special is produced and hosted by Lewis Black, who explains that all [...]

Lewis Black to Vent About Politics on Broadway

Just in time for the election this fall, Lewis Black is bringing his latest one-man show, Running on Empty, to Broadway. It'll run at the Richard Rodgers Theater from October 9th to the 14th. His last show, Black on Broadway, was also broadcast as a special on HBO, so there's a good chance that this one will as well. As for his reasoning, here's what Black had to say about the new show:

Why Broadway? It’s close to my apartment, just blocks away, and frankly I’m too tired to go anywhere else. These guys are exhausting me. Democrats. Republicans. The Tea Party. Just shut up. Enough is enough.

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Lewis Black Explains Why Your Food Sucks

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Guess how long Lewis Black has been doing "Back in Black" on the Daily Show? Do you have your guess? The answer is 16 years. Right!? Yet somehow his face hasn't exploded and he still has a cabinet packed with axes to grind. Speaking [...]

Lewis Black Has Some Opinions About San Francisco's Ban on Circumcision

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The Grammys Snub Tig Notaro and a Lot of Other Great Comedians

Look, the Grammys have always been sort of out of touch when it comes to comedy, often choosing safe, unchallenging stand-up albums over cutting edge great ones. Occasionally, outstanding stuff seeps through (like Louis C.K.'s Hilarious, which won the prize last year), but it's pretty rare. The 2013 Grammy nominees were announced today, and in the category of Best Comedy Album, voters played it pretty safe and proved to be woefully ignorant of some amazing work done by comedians this past year. Here are this year's nominees for Best Comedy Album:

Lewis Black – In God We Rust

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Fun Thing To Buy of the Day: Lewis Black's 'In God We Rust'

If you have Netflix and haven't seen Lewis Black's newest special, In God We Rust, you've missed your chance. Don't worry, today it comes out on DVD and Blu-ray. Fans of Black's grimacing, arm waving, furious finger-wagging, and frequent outbursts into the mic will not be disappointed. In Rust, Black characteristically raves about the absurdity of Valentine's Day in February, the uselessness of Farmville, getting old, politics, and how a little newspaper in Wendover, Nevada wrote this about him: "He's known for his comedy style, which often includes mental breakdowns." Check out Lewis Black's latest hour-long mental breakdown, er – I mean comedy special.

Getting a Fleeting Glimpse of Lewis Black in 'Basic Black'

It’s no secret that sometimes comedy is taken a bit too seriously. Comedy obsessives love not just the jokes, but the mechanics and emotions of the comedy world. There are a raft of comedy documentaries exploring comedy and comedians, but do they really have anything significant to add to the discussion? This series looks at comedy documentaries and whether they’re interesting, insightful, and possibly even…funny?

When comedy documentaries follow a living person, it’s normally at a time in their career when interesting things are happening: Conan O’Brien has just lost The Tonight Show, Joan Rivers is reinventing herself, Eddie Izzard is coming back with all new [...]

Lewis Black and BBC Radio Are Pairing Up for a Satirical Quiz Show

The kindly Brits over at the BBC have decided to make an American version of their longtime news quiz satire show The News Quiz, called The News Quiz USA With Lewis Black. The pilot episode, which will be taped one week from today in New York, will feature comedians Andy Borowitz, Kathleen Madigan and Ted Alexandro chattin' about the news. Keep your fingers crossed for the pilot to succeed so that the show can be sold to US radio markets! Unless you hate good things. Then you can do whatever you want with your goddamned fingers. I don't care.