The Angriest Man in America

Lewis Black played two sold out shows at the Warner Theatre tonight, as part of a recording deal with HBO that will bring a new Lewis Black Live special to the network on June 10th, 2006. The show tonight was an absolute riot. Black hails from Silver Spring (though he generally claims DC as his hometown, primarily because he said acknowledging that you’re from Silver Spring makes you a pussy.), and so tonight he brought all of his hometown stories to the audience.

I managed to grab a set of seats about two months ago when it was nearly sold out, and even though they were listed as “potentially obstructed,” they were nearly perfect. We were all the way to the left of the ornate and gold-plated orchestra section, just two rows back. We were close enough to smell the anger. It was perfect.

Apparently, they initially were in discussions with the Kennedy Center to host the Special. Then the Kennedy Center figured out who Lewis was. Apparently, they’re not big on the swearing, as his 42 utterances of the tetragrammaton put them over the edge. Sure, he could do his show there, HBO just couldn’t ever mention the Kennedy Center in the promotion of the event.

There’s something great about seeing a performer in their hometown, they step it up just a notch further, and turn a great performance into something epic. Thanks for a great show, Lewis.

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