It should have been titled Profit. There is no other explanation for releasing this 21 year old recording. The cover for this stand-up comedy MP3 album and CD has Black look like Moses because this is a comedy desert. The sound quality suggests somebody recorded over an old cassette tape.
This is a 1990 recording and Black is still working on his patter and his anger. Some of the material here such as the Nyquil and the Christmas bits is going to appear on later recordings. Other material is so dated you almost need liner notes to figure out what the comic is talking about. Topics such as Dan Quayle, Nancy and Ronald Reagan, or Gorby were done much better and much funnier by other comics in the nineties.
Most annoying of all is the assumption here that Black was somewhat prophetic and this makes this moldy oldie interesting. Nope. Not even close.
Black may be an entertaining angry comic but he never was that prescient a political or social analyst.
Black is enjoyable (this stand-up comedy MP3 album being the glaring exception) because he vents what many of us feel and think from time to time. He is comedy’s equivalent to the horror or action flick for guys and romcom for chicks. Prophet is like listening to some old fart bitch about stuff nobody cares about anymore.
Monty Python was honest enough to call some releases Contractual Obligation Album or The Final Ripoff. Lewis Black The Prophet is both.
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
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