Lewis Black is an American stand-up comedian, author, and playwright. He is best known for his regular appearances on Comedy Central's The Daily Show delivering his "Back in Black" commentaries. Winner of the 2001 American Comedy Awards, Lewis's comedy is angry and frenetic. Although primarily a political comedian, no subject is out of reach for this satirist. His material is always fresh and funny, which make him a favorite on Comedy Central's Daily Show and in comedy clubs across the country.
Lewis simply tells us the truth as he sees it: "I'm always amazed when I hear people saying that George Bush... he's a great leader! And I wonder where can one find a drug that would make one SOOO delusional? I have the exact same reaction when somebody tells me that they think Bill Clinton is a great leader. It's beyond belief to me... it's extraordinary. I will tell you this... if you are inspired by either George Bush or Bill Clinton, then you were probably inspired by your high school principal! I'll tell you why Clinton and Bush aren't great leaders. OK? It's this simple... neither of 'em took responsibility for ****** anything, none of 'em!... They are exactly the same group of ******** that when I was a kid told me in case of a nuclear attack to hide under my desk!"
Lewis Black was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland on August 30, 1948. He earned a Masters in Fine Arts at the Yale School of Drama in 1977. Originally, his career was in the theater as a playwright. He has written over forty plays besides serving as the playwright in residence and associate artistic director of a Hell's Kitchen theater bar and restaurant on 42nd Street in New York City from 1981 to 1989. Black's stand-up comedy began as an opening act for the plays as he was also the master of ceremonies. After a management change at the theater, Black left and began working as a comedian as well as finding bit parts in television and films.
Lewis Black's comic delivery is noted for his animated rants which feature shouting, pointed fingers and punctuating gestures. He is often critical of politicians, the U.S. government and big business. Since joining The Daily Show in 1997, Black has also appeared in four specials on Comedy Central as well as making infrequent appearances on Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His most recent special (his first for HBO) was Lewis Black: Black on Broadway, filmed at the Brooks Atkinson Theater. Besides his regular television work, Black spends most of his time touring as a stand-up comedian. He was named Funniest Male Stand-Up Comic at the 2001 American Comedy Awards.
In addition to his television appearances, Lewis Black has released four comedy CDs - The White Album, recorded in Madison, Wisconsin, The End of the Universe, recorded in Atlanta, Georgia, Rules of Enragement, recorded in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues, recorded in Santa Rosa, California. On April 1, 2005, his first book Nothing's Sacred will be released.