Just when you think Lewis Black cannot possibly get angrier, funnier, and more incisive, he declares himself Red White and Screwed for his 2006 HBO special / stand-up comedy DVD. Recorded the same year as the Comedy Central The Carnegie Hall Performance stand-up comedy CD set, this 75 minute rant on America, its people, and its politicians is not only superior to the Carnegie Hall show but Red White & Screwed is the best Lewis Black performance to date (2007).
Lewis Black always walks a dangerous line doing topical and political comedy in a world where events seem to move at lightning speed. Then again, as this stand-up comic points out in Red, White & Screwed, there is no journalism anymore, just competing talking head spinmeisters. How else can you explain no journalist ever picked up on the fact Dick Cheney shot his buddy while hunting in a gated community for animals?
This comedy DVD could have been filmed at the Kennedy Center but it has a 41 FPH limit (fucks per hour) limit and Black broke that limit in his last special. Interestingly, the Kennedy Center had no problem taking Black's, HBO's and the audience's money if nobody mentioned where the show was taking place: this is exactly the kind of surrealist folly Lewis Black likes to point out and make fun of.
There are many superb, extremely funny, and very smart moments here. My favorite is Lewis Black's explanation for creationists, "These are people who think The Flintstones is a documentary."
Red, White and Screwed features some material available on The Carnegie Hall Performance but in a much funnier and tighter form. This is especially true of the routines on gay marriage, the congressional correspondent dinner, and Terry Schiavo. His George Bush barbs are also much more pointed and on target. Interesting what six more months can do to material.
This is a stand-up comedy DVD that should be put in a time capsule so people a hundred years from now can not only enjoy the best stand-up comic of the last twenty-five years but also realize what a totally insane place and maddening times their ancestors lived in.
Other Lewis Black Reviews
Lewis Black: Lewis Black, who many people associate only with Comedy Central but is one funny comic who has had to pay his dues to get to where he is, was born August 30th 1948.
Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues: Taped June 18, 2004 at the, you guessed it Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center, this is yet another solid Lewis Black comedy CD. It contains the same kind of dark, edgy, adult oriented humor featured on previous CDs like Rules Of Enragement, The End of the Universe, and the eponymous The White Album.
Stark Raving Black CD Version: Decent and a bit generic Lewis Black CD.
Rules Of Enragement: A great stand-up comedy CD. Black at the top of his game.
Unleashed: three excellent performances aired on Comedy Central.
Nothing's Sacred: it is actually possible to hear Lewis Black rant on these pages
Nothing's Sacred Audio Book: Some wizard decided to cut this audiobook into tracks that have nothing to do with the book itself.
Lewis Black The Carnegie Hall Performances: an almost excellent 2 CD set of stand-up comedy by Lewis Black
Anticipation: The best Lewis Black CD so far and a classic already
The Prophet: recorded in 1990 and maybe funny 21 years ago
In God We Rust - Richard's review: Pretty good with solid routines on Farmville and the Tea Party
In God We Rust - Brett Watson review: left me feeling refreshed and ready for another, juicier comedy special.
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