Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil Uncensored
by Del Harvey
The most politically intelligent man in America presides over some of our most pressing issues in what may be the funniest program on television. Why aren’t you watching?
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Comedian Lewis Black presides over a court where he brings random people, organizations, and consumables to trial. One of his lofty comedy lawyers argues that Oprah is the root of all evil, while another says it’s the Catholic church. There’s beer vs. marijuana, Donald Trump vs. Viagra, and Kim Jong-Il vs. Tila Tequila, to name just a few. And in the end “Judge” Black chooses which is more evil and sentences it to a make-believe punishment.
I have a confession, your honor: I am a huge fan of Mr. Black’s. He looks at the world with an unbiased eye. No… that’s not exactly true. His bias is towards the comical. But in his comedy there is truth. The unfettered truth of an individual who does not care one bit what anyone thinks of him or his comments. It was two HBO specials ago that he said, and I quote, loosely and poorly: “I don’t understand why the America people don’t rise up as one and smite that bastard (President Bush) where he stands.” Okay, so maybe I embellish, too. But you catch my drift.
What we have here is a compilation of the show’s first season, presented in all its uncensored glory. First, the structure of the show, to help you understand… the structure of the show.
Here is the show’s basic weekly format:
Episode Two: “Donald Trump vs. Viagra”
Episode Three: “Weed vs. Beer”
Episode Four: “Youtube vs. Porn”
Episode Six: “American Idol vs. High School”
Episode Seven: “Kim Jong-il vs. Tila Tequila”
Episode Eight: “Las Vegas vs. the Human Body”
PolitiBits: There is an old saying that if you say the same thing often enough, it becomes the truth. This is the core of Black’s advice to politicians.
Comedy Central Quickies:
That’s the entire 2-Disc collection, available now from Amazon or MTV or wherever you can get your hands on it. And do watch the show, which airs on Comedy Central. Check local listings for showtimes in your area.
Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.
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