The Washington Post wants us to know that socialism is the Mainstream. Sunday’s Post Magazine toasts left-wing comedian Lewis Black: “We live in troubled times, he bellows to the packed house. You want proof? America’s reigning Angry Comic then delivers the koan of a kicker: Because I, Lewis Black, am now mainstream!” [Emphasis theirs.]
Many paragraphs later, reporter Michael Cavna threw in: “His satire spans the political spectrum. Black, a socialist and registered Independent, says he doesn’t believe either major party knows what it’s doing. ‘Socialism appeals to me,’ he tells me. ‘It’s like imposed Christianity. You’ve got to share.’”
Crusty comedian Lewis Black mocked Sarah Palin as a "fictional character" on CNN Wednesday, to an eruption of laughter from host Piers Morgan. "She's a fictional character that came to life. I'm serious. I think that someone wrote her," Black quipped.
Morgan played along with his act. "You couldn't invent someone like Sarah Palin, could you?" he asked the comedian, who hastily responded that Palin was "superfiction."
On Monday’s Joy Behar Show on HLN, host Behar and comedian Lewis Black berated right-leaning celebrity Kelsey Grammer for his involvement in promoting the new RightNetwork, with Behar lamenting, "Just what we need, more right-wing rhetoric." The HLN host soon portrayed Grammer as "the rich constantly bitching about taxes," and suggested that conservatives like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, whom she sarcastically referred to as "brain trusts," don’t "give a damn" about the poor:
JOY BEHAR: Well, they don`t seem to care about poor people. Do you think Sarah Palin gives a damn about poor people or that other bargain, Michele Bachmann? They don`t care, those two brain trusts.
LEWIS BLACK: No, they don`t care, and they act like they`re getting something. What the poor are getting at this point allows them to breathe. They act like they`re going to clubs, they`re having the time of their lives, there`s nothing better than poverty.
Below is a transcript of the relevant portion of the Monday, April 19, Joy Behar Show on HLN, with critical portions in bold:
Lewis Black is a stand-up comedian. His shtick is foam-flecked fits of rage and profanity. Amazon.com advertised one of his DVDs by promising "There's eye-crossing, teeth-gnashing, raspy-voiced yelling, and liberal use of the F-word." In his show at Washington’s Warner Theatre, Black complained the Kennedy Center refused their facilities on the grounds that he dropped F-bombs 42 times in his first hour-long HBO special.
With a record like that, it should be no surprise that he’s a star on Comedy Central, that venomous Viacom property that markets mockery of everything polite, charitable, and (especially) holy. Black is the star of a brand-new Comedy Central show, named "The Root of All Evil." Comedians act like prosecutors, with Black as judge, trying to determine which of two allegedly evil forces is worse. The battle for the debut episode: Oprah Winfrey vs. the Catholic Church.
This is the same hate-spewing channel that mocked the Pope on "South Park" and skewered Catholicism on the holiday special "Merry F—ing Christmas." Now, on the cusp of the Easter celebration, it’s Catholic-hunting season again.
I just stumbled across this from last Friday's (January 25) edition of ABC's "20/20," which devoted most of the show to Anger in America. From the entertainment world, they brought in angry liberal comedian Lewis Black. In between Black joking about how he loves to be angry, they plopped in clips from his stand-up routine that bowl them over at ABC:
For the Democrats not to be able to find somebody who could've defeated George Bush is beyond belief. It's stunning! It would be like finding a normal person who would lose in the Special Olympics.
This came right after anchor Elizabeth Vargas tried to note "You, in your act, take on both sides of the aisle. They both make you mad. Fair?"