A Minute With: Lewis Black on "Stark Raving Black"

Thu Oct 8, 2009 6:00am EDT
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By Iain Blair

LOS ANGELES (Reuters Life!) - Comedian Lewis Black has been making people laugh with his take-no-prisoners approach to whatever pops up in his cross-hairs -- government, milk, official tips on how to survive a nuclear blast.

Black, 61, has tapped into the youth market thanks to his blistering social and political commentaries on "The Daily Show," and now he is unveiling his first theatrical concert film, "Stark Raving Black," which will hit movie theaters in 20 U.S. cities on Friday and 14 in Canada on October 29.

He spoke to Reuters about the film, the David Letterman sex scandal and comedy's role in society.

Q: Any surprises making "Stark Raving Black"?

A: "We shot it in Hi-Def with 10 cameras at the Fillmore Theater in Detroit in August, and the big surprise for me was the quality. It's more immediate than most specials, and the Hi-Def makes a huge difference."

Q: How long did it take you to hone the material for it?

A: "Nine months to a year. In the best of all worlds I would do a special every year, and one of the reasons I did this one on my own was because HBO, who I'd done two specials for, kept me waiting for the third. They never got behind it, so I just felt, if I've got to do it on my own, I'll do it that way."

Q: You keep up an insane touring schedule of over 200 stand-up gigs a year. You're 61 now. Why don't you slow down?   Continued...