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Lewis Black Can't Understand Outrage Over Chaz Bono on 'DWTS' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 23rd 2011 4:30AM
Lewis Black, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'Lewis Black is just trying to make sense of the world with his 'Back in Black' segments on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central).

This time around it was Dr. Oz' misguided warnings about arsenic in apple juice, and the American Family Association's outrage over Chaz Bono participating on 'Dancing With the Stars.'

For the latter, Black was confused by why Bono is the target of so much anger. He showed clips of people claiming that watching Bono on the show might convince young impressionable viewers to consider changing their own gender, which does seem unlikely.

But more specifically, he wondered where this outcry has been for some of their past contestants. He cited David Hasselhoff (alcoholic), Holly Madison (pornographer's concubine), The Situation and Kim Kardashian.

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Lewis Black and Craig Ferguson Joke About the CBS White Powder Scare (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 24th 2011 4:30AM
Lewis Black, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'After a threatening letter arrived at the studio for 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS) with white powder in it, which was ultimately declared harmless, the show went on and Lewis Black came on as Craig Ferguson's guest.

"It's always really a joy to drive up for a big night on television and see cops everywhere," Black said of the state in the studio when he arrived. When Ferguson asked if he'd ever gotten any threats like that, Black insisted, "I have no affect on the world, so they don't care. They don't even notice me."

It sounded like Black would love the validation of a threatening letter with some mysterious white powder in it, though we're certainly not endorsing anyone sending him anything. As for the powder, it turned out to just be corn starch, so maybe Ferguson simply had an angry fan who liked to cook.

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Top 5 Clips of the Week: The Situation Smooches Snooki, 'Glee Project' Kid Walks Out on Ryan Murphy, Bateman Talks 'Arrested Development' Movie & More (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 6th 2011 12:30PM

What a wonderful week it was on the TV. 'The Jersey Shore' returned in Italy, and quickly developed a Snooki-Situation situation. Jason Bateman talked about the 'Arrested Development' movie and then told us not to. A 'Glee' spin-off got put on hold as a 'Glee' project kid walked out on Ryan Murphy. Lewis Black finally made fun of Sarah Palin. And Kathie Lee wished death on all in-laws. Let's get to the videos. After you check them out, vote for your favorite of the week.

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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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Lewis Black Wants Donald Trump to Be Our 'Crazy Third World Dictator' (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 23rd 2011 5:50AM
Lewis Black on 'The Daily Show'Lewis Black is supporting Donald Trump in 2012. Why? Because he's sick of presidents.

"Stupid presidents, smart presidents, white presidents, black presidents -- doesn't work!" Black screamed during his 'Back in Black' segment on 'The Daily Show With Jon Stewart' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central).

"What this country needs is a a crazy Third World dictator," Black explained. "And Donald Trump has what it takes to be that. He's already got a plane with his name on it, solid gold buildings, a harem ... "

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Lewis Black Puts Craig Ferguson In His Place on 'The Late Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 15th 2011 2:45AM
Lewis Black, 'The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson'Craig Ferguson likes to sit back and laugh at the foibles of his guests on 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:35AM ET on CBS). He's been more than open about his own dark past with drugs and alcohol, so he's coming from a place of commiseration with many of their struggles.

But Ferguson has more than just his past to consider, as pointed out beautifully by Lewis Black. Ferguson was ribbing him about still touring in a bus like the Partridge Family, when Black took the joke a step further and indicated he travels with a fetal pig as well.

Ferguson gave him a startled look, and Black went off. "Don't give me a look like I'm nuts," he shouted. "You're talking to a robot. You're drinking out of a snake glass."

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Lewis Black on Airport Security, Groin Searches, 'Touching His Junk' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 17th 2010 5:31AM
Lewis Black on Airport Security, Groin Searches, 'Touching His Junk'We've all heard about the 'Don't Touch My Junk' guy, John Tyner, who's become a national hero of sorts. He fought back against excessive airport security -- and people praised him for resisting the government's intrusion into his privacy.

But is airport security really so bad? On 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), Lewis Black offers his own unique spin on the issue. His conclusion might surprise you. It turns out that Lewis is in favor of "groin patting."

Mr. Black says our priorities are skewed. We'll do big things to support the War on Terror, but not really small ones: "We're willing to start wars, waterboard people, and kill civilians with unmanned drones." But for some reason, Americans draw the line at being touched by agents in an airport. Apparently, the one line we're not willing to cross is "our waistline[s]."

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Lewis Black Takes on Glenn Beck (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 13th 2010 3:35AM
Lewis Black Takes on Glenn BeckFox News personality Glenn Beck is apparently fairly angry. He's mad that some people have been comparing the new Arizona anti-immigration bill to laws that were passed in Nazi Germany. On 'The Daily Show' (weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central), comedian Lewis Black takes issue with Beck's anger. Black points out that Glenn Beck makes a lot of comparisons to Nazis himself.

The comic shows a video montage in which Beck compares the following things to Hitler or the Nazis -- Al Gore, the Peace Corps, warnings about global warming, a speech by President Obama, and so on. Black accuses Glenn Back of having "Nazi Tourette's." That is, he accuses him of just blurting out the word "Nazi" at odd times.

Black then offers some advice to Beck, saying that if he's so afraid of Nazis, he should just go hide in an attic -- and not make any sound. Zing!

Who do you think is right in this debate? Lewis Black or Glenn Beck?

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AMC Picks Up Cheri Oteri's Mini-Comedy 'Life Coach'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 16th 2010 8:30PM
AMC has done wonders with dramatic series like 'Mad Men' and 'Breaking Bad' but hasn't really tried to crack the comedy bubble yet.

Their first and biggest attempt to date comes in the form of a "mini-com" called 'Life Coach' starring former 'SNL'-er Cheri Oteri as Liza, a life counselor with some major life control problems of her own. The show serves as both a web series and a buffer between AMC's Monday night movies.

The episodes will feature celebrity appearances including comedians Lewis Black and Kathleen Madigan, CNN talking face Nancy Grace and actor and 'Perfect Strangers' star Mark Linn-Baker.

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Things I Hate About TV: Pop-up ads

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 18th 2009 11:29AM
tv_rabbit_earsWhen Lewis Black went off at the Emmys a couple of years ago about TV becoming obnoxious with the amount of information splayed on the screen, he hit the nail right on the head. Sad to say, things have not gotten better since that rant. In fact, they're worse. I don't know what's worse, the annoying pop-up ads on the television screen or the annoying pop-up ads on the computer screen. At least in the case of the latter, it's the equivalent of a commercial and -- somewhat -- understandable.

But when you're watching a television show and have to ignore the bug in the corner, then be subjected to a variety of pop-up promotions and reminders for shows you may or may not be interested in watching it's enough to make you turn off the set. I'd say it's enough to make you switch channels, but where can you go to avoid the intrusion? PBS?

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The Big Bang Theory: The Jiminy Conjecture

by Kona Gallagher, posted Sep 29th 2009 1:32AM
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I really want to hear from you guys about this episode, because as I was watching it, I was thinking, "Oh, man. People are going to be pissed." I'm talking, of course, about the fact that for most of the episode, it appeared that once again, after we waited patiently for Leonard and Penny to get together, the writers would find some reason to rip them back apart, only to give us yet another season of, "will they or won't they."

It wouldn't have been that implausible. Sometimes, if you spend all of your time building something up in your head, it doesn't live up to expectations. It's not completely unreasonable that after years of pining, it turns out that Leonard and Penny simply aren't compatible beyond friendships. That's life -- but it's certainly not satisfying.

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Lewis Black on his new special, The Daily Show, and the Root of All Evil

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 4th 2009 11:16AM
Lewis BlackFor thirteen years, Lewis Black has been ranting and raving as a correspondent for The Daily Show, venting about all things political and pop cultural. For much longer than that, he's been a an actor, a playwright, and stand-up comedian, playing clubs and theaters everywhere around the country.

He taped his latest special, Stark Raving Black, earlier this month in Detroit for a fall release in theaters October 8th before it heads to a new premium HB cable channel called Epix, where it will debut December 5. (Black also filmed a documentary about his transition from a writer to a comedian - he's unsure where that will end up). And Big Bang Theory fans will be happy to know he'll be doing a cameo on the show September 28. I spoke with him by phone last week.

Why release the new special theatrically?

In order to... I think... I've got no idea. Everyone around me seemed to think it was a smart idea. Why not? I'm interested in seeing how that works and if it does work. It's another way to reach people.

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Sherri Shepherd Comedy Lands Premiere Date & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 13th 2009 1:00PM
Sherri ShepherdSherri Shepherd's new Lifetime comedy series, 'Sherri,' has found an Oct. 5 premiere date.

Also in the news today: Comedy Central picks up 'Tosh.0' for six additional episodes, while Joe Morgan lands a significant role on 'Brothers & Sisters.'

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.

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Remember the good times we had with (at) Michael Jackson('s expense)?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 9th 2009 5:04PM
South Park poking fun of Michael Jackson
A lot of memories have surfaced of the good times that pop icon and musical genius Michael Jackson provided the world in the wake of his untimely and unfortunate death. However, an elephant in the room has wedged its wide butt in between the happy memories that range from "Billy Jean" to "Rockin' Robin," other than the eye-bleedingly bad Moonwalker movie.

Jackson's life outside of the recording studio and in the blood-soaked pages of the supermarket tabloids provided a lot of fodder for comedies and comedians that turned the man into a punchline just as fast as the radio waves turned him into a legend.

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Comedy Central's holiday weekend Stand-Up Blowout

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 3rd 2009 9:32AM
Katt WilliamsSince programming anything new is probably a waste on a holiday weekend, Comedy Central is programming roughly 4,000 previously aired stand-up specials (okay, just 40, but that's a lot) from some of the biggest names on its rosters, including Dane Cook, Jeff Dunham, Katt Williams, Louis C.K., Lewis Black, Brian Regan, Demetri Martin, Ron White, Lisa Lampanelli, and Jim Gaffigan. They'll also sprinkle in some of their Comedy Central Presents half-hour showcases. It's called the Stand-Up Blowout Weekend.

The first special is at 3 PM - Aisha Tyler is Lit: Live at the Fillmore and end, officially, with Drew Hastings: Irked and Miffed at 3 AM Monday morning. Sunday at 10PM is the network premiere of Dave Attell: Captain Miserable, which originally aired on HBO on December 8, 2007.

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