LEWIS BLACK “BLACK TO THE FUTURE”— From the King of Rant

Lewis Black “Black To The Future” 

From The King of Rant

Amos Lassen

Lewis Black is known as the King of Rant and he is known to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. Now you can have Lewis Black for your own on CD and DVD on October 13th and on vinyl on December 8th, 2017. The CD and DVD each contain a different BONUS performance

“Lewis Black: Black To The Future” and on his fifty minute DVD, Lewis uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His live performances give us a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment. Black is a passionate performer who is a more of a pissed-off optimist than a mean-spirited curmudgeon. He is a rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into silly while making compelling points about the absurdity of our existence. The DVD was recorded live in New York City and we watch as Lewis sheds light on this crazy, messed-up world. Also included on the DVD is a full-length 50 min bonus program “The Rant Is Due: Live From Napa”. On this special night, which is moderated by Lewis’ amazingly funny and talented friend Kathleen Madigan, audience members at the theatre and across the Internet ask questions directly to Lewis onstage. The results are some vey funny rants. Note that “The Rant Is Due: Live From Napa” is on the DVD only.

The CD is a double CD set with 2 full-length stand-up comedy programs. Disc 1 contains the main program, “Lewis Black: Black To The Future” recorded Live in NYC. Disc 2 contains a second full-length program “Lewis Black: This Should Have Been A Special” recorded live at Milwaukee’s historic Pabst Theater in 2016. It is the comedy set that was almost lost.

The vinyl is a double album set pressed on orange vinyl with 2 full-length stand-up comedy programs. Disc 1 contains the main program, “Lewis Black: Black To The Future” and disc 2 contains a second full length program, “Lewis Black: This Should Have Been A Special” recorded live at Milwaukee’s historic Pabst Theater in 2016. It is the same comedy set that is on the CD.

Lewis Black is not for everyone. His anger his so clearly exaggerated for comedic purposes (something he actually kind of admits to) that it’s hard to actually find the mock anger annoying. For those who don’t like Black’s style, Lewis Black: Black to the Future isn’t going to be the most fun to watch. For those who do enjoy Black’s style of humor, this is about as hilarious and entertaining as Black has ever been. While the special is mostly about the 2016 election, there are enough side topics and detours that the majority of the material will still probably hold up now that 2016 is over. Black is a very smart comedian, one who does a great job at analyzing and talking about problems without seeming pretentious or preachy. He delivers a great blend of political commentary and dirty jokes. Even those who don’t like political comedy are likely to enjoy some of Black’s points here. Not every single joke works, and there are couple times where there’s a bit too much space between punch lines but overall “Black to the Future” is great fun.

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