"The only person I know who can actually yell in print form."
"The most engagingly pissed-off comedian ever."
—The Washington Post
"You'll laugh while he's yelling."
"Black throws humorous barbs at televangelism, the Mormon Church, and the Jewish faith in which he was raised."
Lewis Black is the only person I know who can actually yell in print form.
Lewis Blackthe most engagingly pissed-off comedian ever.
Black, the popular comedian, actor and author, offers a series of essays focused on his so-called "spiritual journey" in which he struggles to comprehend his relationship to God. Endlessly entertaining and bitingly honest, Black brings the same raw voice he employs in his stand-up. The recording is one long rant about everything religious; books, films, music, and of course politics. It's hard not to identify with Black by the end of this book, and hearing it all from the man himself will surely offend, affect, and ultimately entertain all listeners. A Riverhead hardcover (Reviews, Apr. 21). (July)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The comedian's twisted views on spirituality. Politics, his family and his neuroses used to be the meat and potatoes of Black's stand-up act, but lately he's been increasingly focused on religion. Thus it should come as no surprise to his ever-increasing fan base that the follow-up to his bestselling-and quite funny-debut, Nothing's Sacred (2005), compiles 42 essays riffing on everything from praying on airplanes to suicide bombers. Unlike his always-solid stage routine, however, the proceedings here are hit-or-miss. Looking at his words on the printed page, readers will realize how important Black's enraged delivery is to his act. The book certainly has its moments. "The God Lists: God the Father/God the Bother" (one list for each) features Black at his blackest: Among the 23 reasons he doesn't believe in God, we find beets, Nazis, herpes and American Idol. But such spot-on moments are few and far between. The book's worst transgression is the inclusion of the script from a critically lambasted play performed in 1981 by Black and fellow Yale Drama grad Mark Linn-Baker (better known from TV's Perfect Strangers). "I know it's strange to go into a play at this point," acknowledges the author, who was a playwright for years before The Daily Show made him famous, "but it is truly the best way to conclude this book. Or maybe it isn't. I really don't know." Black is a brilliant performer and a biting social commentator, but based on the evidence in this disappointing volume, he's not much of a playwright . . . or a book author. A can't-miss comedic performer delivers a mediocre book.