11:55 a.m., Nov. 15, 2002--Comedian Lewis Black got a standing ovation at the Bob Carpenter Center Tuesday, Nov. 12, as he poked fun at Democrats, Republicans, President George W. Bush, Al Gore and YoUDee.
|Lewis Black on homeland security: Come up with some other name. It sounds like a locksmith company.
The always-angry regular on Comedy Centrals The Daily Show grew up in nearby Silver Spring, Md., but it was the first time hed ever spent more than a few hours in Delaware.
It was the also the first time his parents, Jeannette and Sam Black, had seen him perform on a college campus. His mom said she wondered if hed edit his comedy club material for the student audience. He didnt.
The Blue Hen, is that an indigenous bird? he asked, riffing into the unquotable.
His quotable lines zigzagged from candy corn to airport security.
On the 2000 election: They were the two worst candidates nominated at the same time in my lifetime. I believe the way voters did it was whomever you saw last you voted for the other guy. I would rather watch two broken appliances hum at each other.
On being told belatedly that the smallpox vaccine you received as kid has worn off: I think we should have been told that a little earlier than now. Because every day I wake up and I think, Its not great, but at least I cant get smallpox.
On the possibility of war with Iraq: They say hes got weapons of mass destruction
I need proof. I need a picture. I dont even care if the picture is real.
On Bush: I have to say Im always amazed that George W. Bushjuniorwas an idiot until Sept. 11. If you dont realize thats a fact, Ill come back to your campus and Ill bring you the videotapes. I am by no means saying Al Gore should have been elected president. Thats terrifying to think about. I saw him speak twice, and my teeth tried to reach around and eat my brain.
On homeland security: Come up with some other name. It sounds like a locksmith company.
|Lewis Black on political correctness: There is no such thing as a politically correct joke. Thats because a politically correct joke isnt funny.
On the anti-evolution movement: I think evolution is important because its a small corner of a large tapestry that I like to callREALITY. And the thing isIm right. I dont have to argue this point any more. Fossils. Fossils. Fossils. I win.
On Iraqi humor: This is a group of people who have lived in the desert for a hundred years and never even heard a knock-knock joke. I guess thats the price you pay for living in tents.
The loudest cheer came from pockets of the audience when Black told the audience, There is no such thing as a politically correct joke. Thats because a politically correct joke isnt funny.
His parting advice was no joke: If I have any advice to give you, its just enjoy your time here in school, he said. Enjoy it. This is it. It doesnt get any better. Even when you get a really great job. This is it. This is when youre allowed the time, and the reason youre allowed the time is to pursue your dreams. The only other thing I think is equivalent is when youre 3 at Disney World and they push you around in a little whale.
Black, a University of North Carolina drama grad who earned a master of fine arts degree at Yale, said he planned to write plays and teach theatre, but he segued into stand up at Chapel Hill.
I started doing stand up at the end of college in a bar near campus because I got paid. I used the money to write, said Black, who has written several plays and saw one of them turned into a television production called The Deal, on the Sundance Channel.
Black, who is single, lives in New York, but his performance schedule takes him around the country.
He said four or five writers work with him on his Back in Black segments broadcast Wednesday nights on Comedy Centrals Daily Show.
To students who want to enter highly competitive fields like stand up comedy or film direction, Black advised: Pick what it is you want to do and do it. Dont let people tell you what you want to do.
Yeah, your chances are minuscule, but go ahead and do it, he said. Better to do it now than to wonder about it for the rest of your life.
Article by Kathy Canavan
Photos by Duane Perry