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Lewis Black on Why He Won't Do Jokes About Sarah Palin (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 5th 2011 5:27AM
Lewis Black, 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza'Lewis Black is never afraid to speak his mind. He usually does so in a very loud voice and with very emphatic hand gestures. It's kind of hard not to notice him. But as he explained on 'The Green Room with Paul Provenza' (Thu., 11PM ET on Showtime), he told his audiences he wouldn't make jokes about Sarah Palin, even though she "was like for me a mother lode."

It must have come as quite a shock, considering Black's very open liberal stance and left-leaning viewpoints. Why would he avoid a target that other comedians have been piling on for years? Especially as he tends to get very political and cerebral in his rants already. She's tailor-made for his point of view.

"I could not live in this world if I believed she was a real person," he explained of Palin. "And so, I have for the entire time that she's been around, treated her as a hallucination."

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kimberley

Maybe you don't want to give her airtime and that's fine. I think that if libs hate her so much they would quit talking about her and giving her airtime. Seems to me that for all they hate in the world, you guys sure seem to find time to talk about her and it just keeps her in the news. What,,,do you see her as some kind of threat? Women, are you jealous because she is wealthy and attractive? In this world unfortunately, women only have to have good looks to make women hate them. And guys...maybe your wife or girlfriend is stupid and it bugs you! Hey, these are just suggestions. But like I said....stop talking about her and she will fade away!

August 08 2011 at 2:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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hugo

Actually it is comedians' JOKES what keep her "in the news" . She is so easy to target not because she is a woman - and a pretty one actually- but for her (sorry) dumbness, although she has managed to exploit this circumstances and now she is wealthy. That is it from "liberals" but from right winngers like Fox or tea baggers who are THE ONES keeping her in the news I can,t say what is the reason of their infatuation .Who knows? Maybe because a dumb hero attacts dumb fans . Ask Ted Nuggent....

August 10 2011 at 11:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hey Mike!!!

You left winger's who voted for Obama----get in line----hope and change is coming----through the TEA PARTY!!!! Do you think there would have even been a debate about raising the debt ceiling if it weren't for the Tea Party??? The good news is the hope and change America's been waiting for is finally happening!!! That is if you can give up your brain washing (the Tea Party is make up of racists mobs run by right wing billionaires) and prejudices and embrace the true party of Change---THE TEA PARTY!!!

Of coarse the present Establishment wants to maintain their status quo and they use guys like Black to mock Tea Party leaders, this is why there is so much hatred for the Tea Party and people like Sarah Palin, by the Left Wing Media, (who's in bed with the present Government) and both the Dems And the Rhino Republicans----because it won't be business as usual anymore. They had a nice system going, even spreading there left wing propaganda into our Public school systems as well as our colleges. Now we finally have a choice. And can get rid of these people who have run this country into the ground. We can secure are borders, lower are taxes and downsize Government. Even hold a Constitutional Congress and change our country in fundamental ways we never dreamed of. What's to stop us once we the people take over and kick out the establishment with all their special groups and special interests. What's not to like? Vote Tea Party!!!

August 08 2011 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
low speed life

Lewis who?

August 07 2011 at 5:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
witrack

Sarah Palin's a MILF. Or perhaps GILF is more on target. She's a good looking older woman. But she doesn't like politics much, if she did she never would have quit halfway through her first and only term as governor. Never was a fan of Reagan but he would have never quit during his terms as governor. Sarah Palin likes being a celebrity and selling books and going on the far right lening Fox News where they will never ask her a single tough question. She won't be elected to any other political office mostly because she doesn't like people saying awful things about her in the media, which is par for the course if you want a career in politics. She just is not that articulate, which is why she never held a SINGLE press conference while running as Vice President, because she'd put her foot in her mouth and come off looking foolish and over her head as she did in the Couric and Gibson interviews. Plus she's just too easy a target to make Sarah Palin jokes.

August 07 2011 at 5:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
SIGRID

I love these posts that say they could care less what Black has to say and that his opinions are meaningless, but I have to wonder why they even watched the video. I normally just ignore things that are meaningless to me.

August 07 2011 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bernie and Sandy

Having started out as a so called"liberal" as I began my business career which entailed traveling through our great country and really getting to know people in all sections of our country, I began to recognize that many of us walked around with the feeling that we were intellectually superior to those who spoke with a "southern accent" or a "texas drawl" or whose taste in food or comedy or other interests were just simply not quite as gifted mentally as we are. HOW WRONG I WAS AND HOW WRONG THESE INTELLECTUAL SNOBS CONTINUE TO BE.
How about looking no further than where we are as a country today. All the "brilliant" minds of both the Democrats and Republicans and their aides and advisors many if not most coming from the great Univerities in the East have manged to destroy our economy, weakened the reputation of our country while creating massive unenployment and a staggering national debt. And these same people and their snobbish followers have the nerve to make fun and ridicule of Sarah Palin. Hey, I have no particular like or dislike for her...but she could have done no worse than then the articulate manipulators that now control our political processes. Perhaps, she doesn't read the NY Times or some Harvard or Yale publication, or know the names of some head of state in a country that no one has ever heard of. Give me someone like her , who probably could get a stalled car in the middle of a deserted road or get me out of a seculed forest without a GPS.
Did you ever notice or wonder why so many of us so called brilliant minds can't fix a car, repair a broken pipe or get change some electrical wiring etc.....without calling upon someone else. My experience is that most of us can't......yet the so called "bubbas" can do all of that and a hell of a lot more.

Palin in her worst days, could not have done more damage to our country than the damage done by the so called brilliant minds that we have put in office.

August 07 2011 at 1:07 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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tamough

BRAVO.... Esp to the last statement!!!

August 08 2011 at 10:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rebecca L

So because you were ignorant about other people and you were once a liberal, you think all liberals are as uninformed as you were? Sorry but you are wrong there. I'm (very proudly) a progressive liberal and I never assumed anyone was less intelligent just because they were from the south. (Even if they were right wing extremists!) Believe me liberals are no more likely to stereotype other groups of people than conservatives are. You are obviously still jumping to conclusions about other people without bothering to find out the truth first. Liberals just want things to be fair in this country (such as having the very small percentage of persons who have almost 50% of the wealth in this country pay at least that much taxes on that wealth instead of the small percentage wealth-wise that they do). The very rich have done a good job of appealing the average conservative to have them defend their privileges, but then they have most of the money and all of the power in this country and can use their enormous resources to influence people. Spreading lies to turn the people in this country against each other so that they will let them have almost everything while our jobs are sent abroad and we are denied many rights that would cut down a little on their raking in what we have left (such as forbidding us from negotiating lower prices from drug companies as they do in Canada to achieve much lower prices on prescriptions, which can be a matter of life and death). We need to learn to stand together as a people and stop buying the lies. The first step is to ignore propaganda that we are fed in order to keep all of us, liberal and conservative, from banding together to do what is best for the majority of people in this country.
Lewis Black is a comedian and a pretty funny one, but no one with any sense takes their political beliefs from a comedian. My dad love him and he's a libertarian leaning Republican (and a born again Baptist).

August 08 2011 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mrgrumpo

I agree with Lewis Black whole heartily.

August 07 2011 at 12:20 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
foosielucy

READ ALL POLITICAL COMMENTS ANYWHERE AND YOU WILL SEE HOW EVIL, MISTRUST, IGNORANCE ETC. HAS NOW PERMEATED OUR SOCIETY AND OUR COUNTRY...I AM 71 (WITH SIGHT PROBLEMS SO DON'T GO THERE ABOUT MY CAPS)...AND A RETIRED EDUCATOR. I ALSO HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH RELIGIOUSLY INDOCTRINATED EVANGELICALS AND OTHERS OF AN ORTHODOX LIFESTYLE. AND IT'S DARN SCARY WHAT FOLKS BELIEVE AND ARE SAYING. WE HAVE TOTALLY LOST OUR MORAL COMPASS, OUR CIVILITY AND OUR CARING WAYS AND OUR ECONOMIC STABILITY DUE TO OUR BEHAVIOR. AMERICA HAS (SADLY PAST TENSE), GONE TO H*LL IN A HAND BASKET. WE DON'T NEED TERRIORISTS. IT'S ALREADY BEEN DONE. WE ALL NEED TO FIND A WAY TO PRAY TO SOMETHING OR SOMEONE WE TRULY BELIEVE IN AND HOPE WE CAN COME TOGETHER ONCE AGAIN AND I HOPE THERE IS HOPE. I LOVE LEWIS BLACK - BUT OF COURSE HE ONLY APPEALS TO HALF THE COUNTRY - THE OTHER HALF HAVE TEA PARTIES - G-D HELP US!

August 07 2011 at 9:31 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
James

He's right. It's astounding and scary that ANYONE takes Sarah Palin seriously.

August 07 2011 at 7:04 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
xcalboy

Lewis Black must be off his meds again. Seen his bits and he seems to have anger management issues.

August 06 2011 at 8:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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