Lewis Black is angry, but that’s not really a surprise. He’s ticked off at the country, hates the October staple candy corn, and is irritated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
“No country has more and knows how to do less,” he says. “It’s really spectacular.”
That opinion applies to individual states as well as the nation as a whole. He is livid about Texas’ recent legislation that bans abortions at about six weeks from the patient’s last menstrual period.
“In Texas, they passed an abortion law that protects the unborn, and yet we’ll send children — defenseless children — to a school and we don’t want them to wear masks,” he says.
“They don’t go together. The left side of the brain is arguing with the right side of the brain. We’re creating a vigilante culture. There are bounties. They are bounty hunting pregnant women. I don’t talk about abortion on stage. If I found a joke for it, I’d do it. I don’t know if there’s a framework large enough.”
Lewis’ fans can hear his rants when he visits Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa on Friday, October 29. Known as the “king of rant,” Lewis said touring again has been a blessing. The pandemic was hard on Black, as he stopped doing comedy.
“I was just really trying to maintain my sanity and make sure that my anger didn’t boil over,” he says. “I tried to maintain my faith in my fellow man, too.
“But I stopped doing comedy. I don’t work with Zoom or the rest of it. I need to work in front of an audience consistently. I write in front of an audience. I reached the point where my audience knows that’s what I’m doing, and they’ve been really generous to give me the space to do it.”
The podcast “Lewis Black’s Rantcast” kept him busy during the pandemic. To create it, he shares fans’ rants.
“I created, essentially, a podcast, but I’m doing a show that’s written by my audience,” he says. “That’s what kept me going, and that’s what I’ve been doing. I introduce it and then I talk about whatever’s gone on that week.”
During the interview, he ranted about anti-vaxxers, who irritate Black. For a nation that’s “scarfing down” supplements, he doesn’t understand why folks are afraid to have the vaccination.
“‘Vaccine? I’m not going to take this one!’” he says, mimicking anti-vaxxers. “Apparently, 34% of the American people don’t trust their government. I get that, but this is for everyone’s health, schmuck. It’s separate from government. Government, politics and freedom are three different things. That’s why they’re spelled differently.”
When: 8 p.m. Friday, October 29
Where: Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 Maricopa Road, Maricopa
Cost: Tickets start at $44.50
Info: 480.802.5000, caesars.com/harrahs-ak-chin