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  • Lewis Black to incorporate fans in audience-driven, on-stage rant during new tour

     

    Lewis Black, Rant Is DueLewis Black is trying something a little different on his new tour, The Rant Is Due, where he will invite live audience members, as well as those watching online, to suggest topics and questions, which he will then unleash his well-know, and much loved, anger upon.

    The tour starts with two nights at the City Winery in Napa, California on July 11 and 12. To encourage fans to join his fan club, Frustrated Union of Cynical Kindreds Universal, or “F.U.C.K.U.”, members are permitted to view the video as the club costs $20 per year. If you’re not a member, and don’t want to join, Lewis Black kindly says, “FUCKU,” although he does offer a weekend pass to view the shows for only $10.

    Launched about a year ago, Black’s fan club now consists of around 1,500 members. “One reason to go out with ‘The Rant’ online is to say ‘thank you’ to people who have jumped on board (as members),” explained Benjamin Brewer, exec producer at Stark Raving Black Productions, the comic’s production company. Brewers also explained that Black is looking to move forward into a new model that is more current. Black is looking to be more engaging and interacting by allows fans to control the direction of the show. Read More

    Lewis Black on The Tonight Show, “Nobody likes Congress, nobody”

     

    This weekend, Lewis Black’s 9th stand-up comedy special, Old Yeller debuted on EPIX. To promote, Black did what he does best, and that’s go on late night television to deliver some of his trademark comedy, taking jabs at everything from our politicians to coming to the realization that all of us get old and have to deal with things like getting a colonoscopy. Politics and sh*t, two fairly interchangeable things.

    Watch the trailer for “Lewis Black: Old Yeller” premiering tonight on EPIX

     

    Veteran comic Lewis Black will debut his latest special tonight on EPIX. Old Yeller was filmed live at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City and is the comedian’s ninth, most aptly titled special. True to form, Black will be ranting and hollering about the state of today’s America, Facebook, married people, and a plethora of other things that drives the man crazy. Good times ahead.

    Lewis Black: Old Yeller premiers today, May 2 at 10pm est on EPIX.

    Lewis Black’s ‘Old Yeller’ special to premiere on Epix May 2nd

     

    Lewis Black Old YellerOne of America’s most lovable curmudgeon comics, Lewis Black is set to premiere his new stand-up special, Old Yeller – Live at the Borgata on Epix. It’s the comedian’s ninth special. Black taped it as a live pay-per-view event in Atlantic City’s Borgata last August.

    Old Yeller special is set to premiere on May 2nd at 10pm and, as expected, it sounds hilarious. Lewis is said to touch all sorts of topics from politicians to married people to humanity’s basic stupidity. Keep in mind, Black is no rookie and his last special, In God We Rust almost won a freaking Grammy!

    So set the DVR, circle the date on your calendar, and tell your girlfriend your busy, you’ve got comedy to watch. If you don’t have a DVR, you can also try to stream it online at www.epixhd.com. Read More

    8 Presidential sketches, bits, and jokes for you on President’s Day

     

    President's DayIt’s President’s Day! While some of you are taking the day off in remembrance of some of our nation’s greatest leaders, others of you are probably in the office taking care of business. Whether you are still in your pajamas and on the couch or if you happen to have yourself a super-easy commute into work you can enjoy the fact that politics and Presidents in particular make good subject matter for humor. Every President has been mocked at some point as its part of the job to take a satirical look at the position.

    With that in mind, here are 8 Presidential themed sketches, bits, and jokes to make you laugh no matter where you find yourself on this holiday. Read More

    Some Valentine’s Day wisdom from some funny people

     

    30 RockGuess what I’m going to do tonight for Valentine’s Day? I’m going to have a romantic dinner at White Castle. Why? Because it’s a totally silly thing to do and is how Valentine’s Day should be handled, with a little bit of Levity.

    So, with this idea in mind on the most sacred of sacred holidays (well, for Hallmark) we bring you some annotated wisdom about Valentine’s Day from some seriously funny people. Read More

    The second annual NYC Podfest kicks off January 11th

     

    NYC PodfestSixteen shows in just 2 days, starting January 11th. Sound like a lot? That’s because it is. NYC Podfest is here and it is jam packed with tons live podcast shows. This year’s fest boasts a awesome line up of podcasts such as Keith and The Girl, RISK!, The Dork Forest, Pep Talks with Eddie Pepitone, Tell Your Friends! (The Podcast!), I Sell Comics! Hang Out With Me (With Myq Kaplan) and many more! We mustn’t forget our pals over at Laughspin either, who will have a podcast featured in the festival! Furthermore, the show is loaded with top notch preformers that will be stopping by like Lewis Black, Colin Quinn, Gilbert Gottfried, Judah Friedlander, Lloyd Kaufman, Christian Finnegan, Eddie Pepitone, Wyatt Cenac, Liam McEaneney, Jackie Kashian, Dave Hill, Kurt Metzger, Jeremy Wein, Kevin Allison, and plenty of others.

    The festival looks awesome. The tickets are sold individually and range from $5 to $20. All the shows will take place at Fontana’s Bar on 105 Eldridge St. For more information checkout the NYC Podfest site and be sure to follow them on Facebook! See you there!

    EPIX airing documentary on 50 years of The Improv

     

    IMPROVOriginally located in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen and considered by many to be the first comedy club in America, The Improv is the subject of a documentary that’s about to debut on TV. The Improv: 50 Years Behind the Brick Wall, is an hour-long original documentary that will premiere on EPIX on December 6. Hosted by Adam Sandler, the show will feature many big names in the comedy world speaking about the role the iconic club played in their development.

    Among those appearing in the film are Judd Apatow, Lewis Black, Russell Brand, Larry David, Jimmy Fallon, Kathy Griffin, Jay Leno, Richard Lewis, Bill Maher, Ray Romano, Jerry Seinfeld, Sarah Silverman, Damon Wayans, Keenan Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans.  Improv founder Budd Friedman and general partner Mark Lonow also appear.

    Opened in 1963, the comedy club played an important part in the development of comedians including Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Andy Kaufman. The success of the now-shuttered New York club led to a second location in Los Angeles that opened in 1974. The A&E show An Evening at the Improv was filmed at the Los Angeles club from 1982-1996. There are currently 23 Improv comedy clubs  operating around the country.