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. Here again, Black takes on some of society's sacred cows (no, this is not a reference to Janet Jackson) and moments of temporary insanity and skewers them with his usual sharp and very funny wit.
Of course, the Bush administration, Michael Jackson, and Arnold Schwarzenegger also take hits though perhaps the best are the shots taken at the Ronald Reagan funeral marathon.
Although the media event and circus about the on-existent Janet Jackson breast is already a year old and a bit dated material wise, Black manages to do 8 tracks, basically half the CD, and roughly thirty minutes on everything breast related including the Super Bowl, nipple clamps, Justin Timberlake, and somehow manages to segue in and out of gay marriage and a few other things in the middle of all that.
This is definitely a seasoned stand-up comic at his very best writing and humour wise.
The last half of this Lewis Black CD is Black doing what he is also excellent at, societal and political humor. His take on the debate of one nation under god, Governor Schwarzenegger, and the whole voting fiasco rearing up its ugly head again (this was recorded in 2004) is in his usual cynical humanist calls them like he sees them approach.
The most satirical bit is the last and longest cut, Iraq, An Idiots Delight. The only unfortunate moment on this stand-up comedy CD is when he apologizes in advance for taking on the Bush administration.
Seriously, what kind of society have we arrived at when a great comic like Lewis Black has to pull his punch even before he delivers is for fear of another so-called liberal media attack by the right wing nuts? This does take something away from this comic's credibility.
By the way, if you like Lewis Black, you will probably enjoy indie comic Don Tjernagel and the milder but just as biting Daryl Makk
What Sex . . . Are They?
Justin and Janet
America Loses Its Mind
One Nation Under God
Michael Jackson, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Ronald Reagan
Voting (A Flashback)
Iraq, An Idiots Delight
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.
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.
Lewis Black Audio Reviews