Originally released as a video exclusive to the Epix network, Lewis Black’s “In God We Rust” is now available as a stand-up comedy album on mp3 or CD or DVD.
Anyone new to Lewis Black is warned on this album that a lot of what he says isn’t very funny. He can’t explain why people laugh at what he says and would agree with anyone having the urge to leave the show.
It’s true, his comedy isn’t dripping with traditional gut-busting hilarity, and I don’t think it’s his “comedy style… which often includes mental breakdowns” that gets people laughing. It’s the way in which words evacuate his body and clamber into the microphone that makes whatever comes out of his mouth utterly hilarious. I don’t think it’s possible for anyone to be this way for a certain purpose; it’s just him. That is what makes Lewis Black such a wonder to listen to and, therefore, a successful performer. Though, the mental breakdowns are pretty funny too.
Perhaps my favorite bit on this album is a bit spread across two tracks about the iPhone and his Android device. After explaining the litany of problems he was experiencing with his Droid, including the fact that pressing certain app icons would actually launch completely unrelated apps, he exclaims to the Verizon employee that what they have witnessed is truly amazing, because his phone is starting to exhibit free will.
In God We Rust is actually pretty even tempo for Lewis Black. He has a few breakdowns, swears unapologeticaly, personifies his testicles, scolds the audience for applauding inanimate objects… which definitely gave me moments of unencumbered laughter, but it all just floated along quite nicely and left me feeling refreshed and ready for another, juicier special.
In God We Rust
Lewis Black Comedy download, CD, or DVD
Comedy Central Records 2012
- 97recorded in 1990 and maybe funny 21 years ago
- 87The best Lewis Black CD so far and a classic already
- 86an almost excellent 2 CD set of stand-up comedy by Lewis Black
- 86A great stand-up comedy CD. Black at the top of his game.