Lewis Black: Root of All Evil ~ Random Waves of Insight
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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Lewis Black: Root of All Evil

I watched the pilot. I was blown away for the first 10 minutes. I thought, "Wow, this show is great! Way better than I expected."

But it was all downhill from there.

There was Lewis Black, who's great. There was one comic talking about Oprah, and he was really good. He seemed to be living up to the "Daily Show" level of excellence.

Then there was that same guy that grossed out the last Lewis Black New Year's party. His humor was crude and sexual. When the audience didn't really enjoy it, he got antsy.

It was weird. It was like he was thinking, "What, you don't like all this sick stuff? Oh no! Hell hath frozen over!"

What did he expect?

But get this, the good comic was playing to the audience. After all, that's what they're there for, right? To enjoy the show.

The other guy, upon seeing that he lost the audience, turned his back to them. He literally turned around to face Lewis Black, and then nervously continued to the show's host. It was weird.

I paid close attention at the end, and I noticed something else.

After the better comic won, he approached the gross guy and extended his hand. The other guy refused to shake hands, and left. Cut to credits...

Oh well. At least the first half was decent. Maybe the guy who lost will realize that in order to win an audience you have to understand how much sick stuff they can tolerate, and alter your act accordingly. But what do I know? I'm just some random audience member who didn't laugh that much at the dirty humor.

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