Comedy Advice: Comedian Lewis Black says writing starts from anger

Politics has been very good for Lewis Black, the comedian has been spouting his “Back In Black” on Comedy Central‘s “The Daily Show” since the show began in 1996.

In a  recent interview asked about a Trump Presidency he offered:  We’re living at the intersection of satire and reality

Really, even more so, we’re living in fictional times. Meaning if you took the reality that we’re living through and put it in a book, everbody’d go, ‘Wow, that’s a great book.’ ”

Asked about his writing process he offered – what bugs him is the fuel for his standup comedy or if something – “…makes me angry, that’s when I start to poke at it and find a joke,”

My humor always starts with anger. Whether it be about whether the weatherman told me some b——- in the morning or, you know, I just spent an hour and a half trying to become a member of Instagram.”

Asked about ‘performing at colleges, where they’re often insufferably p.c.

Black replied: “I just tell them to fuck off. I’ll tell a joke that works in 95 percent of the places, then they get upset about something in it, and I say, “Here’s the deal. Here’s where you stopped hearing what I said, so you didn’t hear the joke, did you? You’ve got to grow the fuck up and hear the whole paragraph. Some jokes are upsetting. If jokes upset you, don’t come to a comedy show!”

Asked why as a comic years back he shifted from being a bit more jovialas a performer to…’yelling’ he said: “I was doing my act one night, and this comic, Dan Ballard, came up to me and said: “You know, you’re really angry, and you’re not yelling. You got to go out onstage and start yelling. I’m yelling all the time, and I got nothing to really yell about. The next joke, I just want you to yell it!”

“So I went onstage and started yelling. It was really that simple: Fucking idiot! It was real stupid, because when I was sitting around with my friends and go off and get pissed, it was funny. But it never connected with me.

In this last video interview (below) – watch a more serious & thoughtful Lewis in a CUNY-TV conversation that covers his thoughts on the importance of silence in comedy, how comedy can break down biases and the way people’s sense of the obscene has changed over the years through comedy:

get tour dates for Comedian Lewis Black at LewisBlack.com / his new animated film Rock Dog is in theaters February 2017.