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Lewis Black

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Lewis Black

Daily from Nov. 30-Dec. 1
8 p.m.
$59.50-$85
Comedy

It was just two days after the midterm elections when City Pages got ahold of Lewis Black. “It’s just great, everything is just great,” he grumbles into his cellphone. “It’s the same all the time now.... No facts, no reporting, no sense of what the truth is, no one stepping up. The level of madness has not changed.” While voter turnout was up, Black was not encouraged. “It’s not a good turnout until everyone votes,” he states. “People that don’t vote should be fined. That’s what you have to do, that’s the deal.” Of course, there’s the concern that some voters are not informed on the issues or candidates. “I want them voting,” Black continues. “I don’t give a shit. Their responsibility is to walk into that voting booth. That’s your assignment as an adult. You do it so your children will do it, and you do it for the people who died so you could do it. We can’t tell other countries democracy is great unless we do it, and we don’t. It’s absurd.” For this tour, Black is taking a slightly different approach to his social and political commentary. “It’s things I’ve found while traveling the country,” he says. “Like the difference between a chicken nugget and a buffalo chicken tender.” It sounds silly, but he elaborates. “I think that demonstrates some of the underlying problems we have as a nation. I’m finding ways to talk about what’s going on without talking about what’s going on.”