Comedy preview: Lewis Black

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Lewis Black brings his signature anger and rants to the Palace Theatre this Sunday. He spoke with me about what’s angering him right now.

How much of your rants are scripted, and how much is just off the top of your head?

It becomes scripted, but initially it’s not. I’ve got the framework, and it’s a matter of building out from there. On stage, after I get the idea, I yell and scream about it.

I don’t write anything down. I write little things down. I have this thing about a bowl of s--- network. I want to start a network where you turn it on and all there is is a steaming bowl of s---. All I wrote down is “bowl of s---.”

I think the time has come because when you sit down looking for something to watch … there’s nothing on, really.

What can we expect you to yell and scream about on stage?

About the economy and bringing us to the brink of economic disaster for no apparent reason. A tornado, an earthquake, hurricanes and everybody responds. The American people truly respond.

But an economic catastrophe that affects the lives of 10 percent of the country, minimally, that’s not given any credence whatsoever.

The way in which they are treating the unemployed in this country, if Jesus came back and listened to what some of these people are saying, there would be hell to pay. And I’m Jewish.

Anything else?

I’m also working on stuff about how we’re not taxing the rich. And, I’m finally talking about legalizing pot.

Mostly it’s because we talk about ways to raise revenue and there’s one sitting in front of us, but we act like it’s “Reefer Madness.” It’s time we made money off of it like we do with liquor. It’s time to raise money the old-fashioned way, with a bake sale.

We hear a lot about taxes right now. What do you make of that?

I was broke most of my life, and by about the time I was 41 or 42 was the first time I had to pay real taxes. Then I started to make money, and I felt it was a privilege that I made enough money that I could share it.

Palace Theatre

8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18

34 W. Broad St., Downtown