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  • Lewis Black announces The Rant is Due: Part Deux Fall Tour 2015

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    Lewis Black, the Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian, is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He is not only a stand-up comedian, but also an actor and author. He is one of a few performers to sell out multiple renowned theaters, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City Center, the Main Stage at the Mirage in Las Vegas and most recently, a sold-out Broadway run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. He is a passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than a mean-spirited curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. Lewis Black came into national prominence with his appearances on The Daily Show in 1996. Read More

    Misery Loves Comedy: The Laugh Button interviews with Kevin Pollak, Lewis Black, Jim Norton, and Caroline Hirsch from the premiere

    Misery Loves ComedyThis past Wednesday, we were invited to cover the red carpet premiere of Kevin Pollak’s new documentary film Misery Loves Comedy. The film was part of this year’s TriBeCa Film Festival, currently running throughout New York City. Comedy has been a big focal point of the festival including Pollak’s film among other comedy docs Live From New York!, Monty Python’s Meaning of Live, and Roseanne for President! In Misery Loves Comedy, Pollak weaves conversation footage from some of the biggest names in comedy from the stand-up, acting, producing, and writing worlds to tell his story. His goal: find the correlation, if any, between misery and comedy. The film begs the question, “Do you have to be miserable to be funny?” We also learn what it’s like inside the mind of said talents including Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani, Larry David, Kathleen Madigan and so many others. 60 to be exact. Read More

    Dispatches from the MSG Garden of Laughs with Dane Cook, Billy Gardell, Michael J. Fox, Will Arnett, Lewis Black and John Oliver

    Jeffrey Gurian, Lewis Black

    I consider myself lucky in that I get to cover some very special events. One of those was the recent sold-out Garden of Laughs event at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden Exec. Produced by my old friend Rory Rosegarten of The Conversation Company. He who handles Ray Romano, Robert Klein, Brian Regan, and other comics of that renown. Garden of Laughs raised over a million dolllars for Garden of Dreams, which is a charity made up of 25 organizations dedicated to bringing assistance to kids facing major obstacles in their lives like extreme poverty, homelessness, illness and foster care. Read More

    Lewis Black and Friends: A Night To Let Freedom Laugh premieres April 16 on AXS TV

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    Celebrate the Bill of Rights with some of America’s finest comics in this special event featuring sets from Lewis Black, Dick Gregory, Tom Smothers, and More. AXS TV presents a night of comedy and awareness in the star-studded stand-up special Lewis Black and Friends: A Night to Let Freedom Laugh, airing Thursday, April 16. The two-hour event will  shed some light on the freedoms and principles outlined in one of the Nation’s most vital documents, The Bill of Rights. The special was filmed back on February 28 at the historic Warner Theater in downtown Washington, DC, Let Freedom Laugh features performances from a wide variety of established comedy heroes and celebrated up-and-comers, each delivering their own unique and opinionated take in front of a sold out audience. Black, Gregory, and Smothers are joined by  itcom star Cristela Alonzo, Richard Pryor Award-winner Ahmed Ahmed, and comedian and political commentator John Fugelsang. Read More

    Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Festival 2015 coming back to Nashville; Includes Buress, Black, McHale and others

    Wild West ComedyVince Vaughn is bringing his Wild West Comedy Festival back to Nashville for year two. The festival will take place April 14th – 19th and includes some of the iconic venues Nashville has to offer. The Ryman Auditorium, TPAC, and Zanies are all included amongst others. The line-up is already set to include Hannibal Buress, Doug Benson, truTV’s Impractical Jokers, Lewis Black, and Joel McHale. Also performing are Frank Caliendo, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, Anjelah Johnson, and Eric Andre.  Tickets have gone on sale and you can grab yours here.

    Watch the trailer for Pixar’s newest film ‘Inside Out’

    Pixar’s newest film released its first full trailer this week. Inside Out is a story told from the perspective of the emotions inside a little girl’s mind, voiced by some of our favorite comedians. Amy Poehler takes over the roles of narrator (or least for the promos) while also lending her voice to Joy. Joining her are Bill Hader as Fear, Lewis Black as Anger (of course), Mindy Kaling as Disgust, Phyllis Smith (The Office) as Sadness. Inside Out hits theaters on June 19th, 2015.

    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