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Lewis Black

Lowest Rated:   21% Man of the Year (2006)
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Standup comics everywhere may rely on angry cynicism as a staple of their material, but if an award were bequeathed to the man most responsible for honing irate sarcasm, refining it, and turning it into an art form, that honor would almost certainly be handed to Lewis Black. Self-dubbed "America's Foremost Commentator on Everything," Black's infuriated, ultra-left wing comedic rants (which eviscerate political figures, pop cultural trends, and societal currents) ultimately garnered such popularity and such a loyal cult following that they landed him a recurrent Tuesday night spot on Comedy Central's The Daily Show, called the "Back in Black" segment. Younger generations will, doubtless, instantly associate Black with these appearances. They may be surprised to discover that, like fellow comedian, pundit, and television personality Ben Stein (who shares a birthplace and hometown with Black but sits on the opposite side of the political fence), Black's emergence as a public figure stretches back several decades. He nonetheless proves the old adage that sometimes the most thrilling acts arrive later in life. Born in the U.S. capital and raised in Silver Spring, MD, Black attended UNC Chapel Hill as an undergrad and earned an MFA from Yale School of Drama in 1977. He recognized his own inherent gift for storytelling as an adolescent, and thus began to pursue work across the country as a playwright and actor after graduate school. A long string of theatrical gigs followed, (many certifiably eccentric, such as a directorial assignment in the Coloradoan wilderness). Black's growing desire for mainstream theatrical involvement eventually carried him to Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen, where he took a full-timer as Associate Artistic Director and Resident Playwright at Steve Olsen's West Bank Café Downstairs Theatre Bar from 1981 through 1989. During this eight-year stint (and shortly thereafter), Black and the late Rusty McGee teamed to author hundreds of one-act musicals, including -- most famously -- the high-profile Czar of Rock and Roll, which premiered in Houston in 1990. Black also became a comedic fixture on the university circuit throughout the '80s. In the mid- to late '80s, Black segued into bit parts in movies and television. He made his cinematic debut when fellow New Yorker Woody Allen cast him as Paul in the 1986 Hannah and Her Sisters. When Black left the West Bank in 1989, he focused more heavily on film roles, but for a decade or so, the parts he landed were somewhat scattered; he adorned the cast of a feature or cropped up on a small-screen episode every two or three years, and thus derived the majority of his income from a recurring summer stint, when he taught acting to students at the Williamstown Theater Festival. Key roles during this period included: Jacob Singer's unnamed physician in Jacob's Ladder, Franklin Frome in the 1991 "Aria" episode of Law & Order, Marty Holder in Warren Leight's The Night We Never Met (1993), and Lazlo "Punchy" de Leon in the "Deception" episode of Homicide: Life on the Street (1997), directed by the legendary Peter Medak (The Changeling, The Krays). In 1998, Black's friend and fellow character actor Don Scardino (He Knows You're Alone) directed a 20-minute film adaptation of Black's play The Deal. Black authored the script. After a couple of well-received concert films in 2003 and 2004 (Lewis Black: Unleashed and Lewis Black: Black on Broadway, respectively), the comedian found more consistent work -- and concomitant success -- in front of the camera, with offers pouring in. He contributed a sketch to the infamous 2005 Provenza/Jillette documentary The Aristocrats, voiced fellow Aristocrat Bob Saget's 2006 spoof Farce of the Penguins, and headlined a third standup film for HBO, Lewis Black: Red White & Screwed. 2006 was indeed Black's year: that summer, his new book, the Al Franken-like politically tinged Nothing's Sacred hit stores, and he contributed to two mainstream features: Barry L

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
44% Rock Dog
  • Linnux
$9.5M 2017
No Score Yet Better Off Single
  • Charlie's Therapist
2016
98% Inside Out
  • Anger
$264.4M 2015
39% Misery Loves Comedy
  • Actor
$5.8k 2014
No Score Yet Lewis Black: Old Yeller: Live At The Borgata
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2014
100% Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird
  • Actor
2013
53% The Muslims Are Coming
  • Actor
2013
92% Herblock: The Black & the White
  • Actor
2013
42% Let Fury Have The Hour
  • Actor
$3.9k 2012
No Score Yet In God We Rust
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Lewis Black: In God We Rust
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor
  • Actor
2012
22% Peep World
  • The NarratorNarrator
$11.4k 2011
No Score Yet Afghan Luke
  • Lewis Black
2011
100% Teenage Paparazzo
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet I Am Comic
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Stark Raving Black
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Lewis Black: Stark Raving Black
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Larry the Cable Guy's Star-Studded Christmas Extravaganza
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet History of the Joke
  • Host
2008
No Score Yet Comedy Central's Home Grown
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Comic Relief: The Greatest...and The Latest
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Falling for Grace
  • Rob York
2007
No Score Yet Farce of the Penguins
  • Jimmy
2007
31% Unaccompanied Minors
  • Oliver
$16.7M 2006
21% Man of the Year
  • Eddie Langston
$37.5M 2006
No Score Yet The Happy Elf
  • Norbert
2006
37% Accepted
  • Uncle Ben
$36.4M 2006
No Score Yet Lewis Black: Red, White & Screwed
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The A.C.L.U. Freedom Files
  • Actor
2006
79% The Aristocrats
  • Actor
$6.2M 2005
No Score Yet Lewis Black: Black on Broadway
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Gynecologists
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Lewis Black: Unleashed
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet American Dummy
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Sidesplitters: The Burt & Dick Story
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Celebrity Mix
  • Actor
1999
56% The Night We Never Met
  • Marty Holder
1993
74% The Hard Way
  • Banker
1991
69% Jacob's Ladder
  • Jacob's Doctor
1990
93% Hannah and Her Sisters
  • Paul
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
2012
  • Guest
  • 2017
91% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
77% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
2015
  • Commentator
  • Appearing
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
68% Madoff
2016
  • Ezra Merkin
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
  • 2016
100% The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore
2015-2016
  • Panelist
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet Real Time With Bill Maher
2003
  • Guest
  • 2015
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Commentator
  • Appearing
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2000
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell
2012-2013
  • Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Green Room With Paul Provenza
2010-2011
  • Guest
  • 2011
  • 2010
82% The Big Bang Theory
2007
  • Professor Crawley
  • 2009
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • BJ Cameron
  • 2004
No Score Yet Comedy Central Presents
1998-2011
  • Performer
  • 2002
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
  • Director Franklin Frome
  • 1991
No Score Yet Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
  • Actor

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