Lewis Black opens Stark Raving Black by telling his audience to reduce their expectations by 20%; so should you. This stand-up comedy CD is decent enough but doesn't meet the standards previous Lewis Black CD like Anticipation or Rules of Enragement have set. Stark Raving Black features the usual diatribe and usual is the the key word. There is also something generic about some of the comedy routines here. MP3 at Amazon
Lewis Black Stark Raving Black opens as always with Black deflecting the audience's applause. He then goes into a bit on Obama's election, how electing a Democrat is no better than electing a Republican, and asks the pointed question, "What is it that Democrats or the Republicans have done for any of you in the past thirty years that has made any difference in your life?"
Black then looks at how he has become a mainstream comedian and working the USO. The Amazon mp3 version of Stark Raving Black does not include Vince Gill, Amy Grant, & Me. This is no great loss and probably an improvement on the CD version. This bit is a long (12 minute) story about preceding the couple on stage at a benefit and aside from how good Gill and Grant are, there is little point to it.
Other bits include one on turning 60, starting to forget things (which sets up a callback at the end), and how not matter what people say sixty is not the new forty.
A bit more interesting on Lewis Black Stark Raving Black is the bit about Black's ninety something parents and a trip to the Poconos.
The Economy has a déjà view quality to it with Black giving an example of a CEO spending millions on his office and an example of what he would have done. This time it is not a personal ball washer but a giant shark tank.
This stand-up comedy CD ends with a routine titles Hope. We could achieve all we want if we put the same kind of energy and talent as we did creating the Iphone. Black's anger comes from the knowledge his dream will only happen the day of his funeral.
LEWIS BLACK TOUR DATES
6.11 - Utica, NY: Stanley Perf. Arts Center
6.12 - Niagara Falls, NY: Seneca Niagara Casino
6.17 - New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Tribeca
6.18 - Atlantic City, NJ: The Borgata
6.19 - Atlantic City, NJ: The Borgata
6.24 - Billings, MT: Alberta Blair Theater
6.25 - Bismark, ND: Belle Mehus Auditorium
6.26 - Fargo, ND: Fargo Theater
6.27 - Duluth, MN: DECC Auditorium
7.8 - Santa Ynez, CA: Chumash Casino
7.9 - Modesto, CA: Gallo Center for the Arts
7.10 - Bakersfield, CA: Bakersfield Fox Theater
7.15 - Montreal, Quebec: Just For Laughs
7.16 - Montreal, Quebec: Just For Laughs
7.20 - New York, NY: Central Park Rumsey Field: Hosting 'The Daily Show & Friends'
7.22 - Lakeville, PA: Caesars Cove Haven
8.12 - Winterhaven, CA: Quechan Casino Resort
8.13 - Los Angeles, CA: Walt Disney Concert Hall
8.14 - Pala, CA: Pala Casino
8.19 - Hampton Beach, NH: Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
8.20 - Hyannis, MA: Cape Cod Melody Tent
8.21 - Cohasset, MA: South Shore Music Circus
9.4 - Reno, NV: Silver Legacy Casino
9.5 - Napa, CA: Uptown Theatre
9.10 - Durham, NC: Durham PAC
9.11 - Greenville, SC: Peace Center
9.17 - Tulsa, OK: Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino
9.18 - Thackerville, OK: WinStar World Casino
9.24 - Washington, DC: Warner Theatre
9.25 - Washington, DC: Warner Theatre
10.7 - Indiana, PA: Fisher Auditorium
10.8 - Westbury, NY: Theatre at Westbury
10.9 - Westbury, NY: Theatre at Westbury
10.22 - Las Vegas, NV: The Mirage
10.13 - Las Vegas, NV: The Mirage
11.19 - Northampton, MA: Calvin Theatre
11.20 - Northampton, MA: Calvin Theatre
11.21 - Wallingford, CT: Oakdale Theatre
11.30 - 12.2 - Red Bank, NJ: Count Basie Theatre
12.3 - Atlantic City, NJ: The Borgata
12.4 - Atlantic City, NJ: The Borgata
12.5 - Lowell, MA: Lowell Memorial Auditorium
12.9 - Englewood, NJ: Bergan PAC
12.10 - Englewood, NJ: Bergan PAC
12.11 - Wilmington, DE: Grand Opera House
12.12 - Morristown, NJ: Community Theatre
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.
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.
Lewis Black Audio Reviews