Lewis Black brings his signature anger and rants to the Palace Theatre this Sunday. He spoke with me about what's angering him right now.
Lewis Black brings his signature anger and rants to the Palace Theatre this Sunday. He spoke with me about whatís angering him right now.
How much of your rants are scripted, and how much is just off the top of your head?
It becomes scripted, but initially itís not. Iíve got the framework, and itís a matter of building out from there. On stage, after I get the idea, I yell and scream about it.
I donít write anything down. I write little things down. I have this thing about a bowl of s--- network. I want to start a network where you turn it on and all there is is a steaming bowl of s---. All I wrote down is ďbowl of s---.Ē
I think the time has come because when you sit down looking for something to watch Ö thereís nothing on, really.
What can we expect you to yell and scream about on stage?
About the economy and bringing us to the brink of economic disaster for no apparent reason. A tornado, an earthquake, hurricanes and everybody responds. The American people truly respond.
But an economic catastrophe that affects the lives of 10 percent of the country, minimally, thatís not given any credence whatsoever.
The way in which they are treating the unemployed in this country, if Jesus came back and listened to what some of these people are saying, there would be hell to pay. And Iím Jewish.
Iím also working on stuff about how weíre not taxing the rich. And, Iím finally talking about legalizing pot.
Mostly itís because we talk about ways to raise revenue and thereís one sitting in front of us, but we act like itís ďReefer Madness.Ē Itís time we made money off of it like we do with liquor. Itís time to raise money the old-fashioned way, with a bake sale.
We hear a lot about taxes right now. What do you make of that?
I was broke most of my life, and by about the time I was 41 or 42 was the first time I had to pay real taxes. Then I started to make money, and I felt it was a privilege that I made enough money that I could share it.