Comedy: Lewis Black

There is much going on in America that’s well-suited to Lewis Black’s comedic style of jaw-clenching exasperation. When he strolls into Cincinnati this week, the main topics on his mind will be health care reform and Sarah Palin. 7:30 p.m. at the Taft Th

There is much going on in America that’s well-suited to Lewis Black’s comedic style of jaw-clenching exasperation. When he strolls into Cincinnati this week, the main topics on his mind will be health care reform and Sarah Palin.

Black happily labels himself a “socialist” (that straightforward dialogue thing again), which, he notes, has recently replaced “liberal” as the national dirty word du jour.

“Compared to me, Obama is a right-wing nut,” Black says. “But no need to worry. There’s only about 10 of us (socialists). We don’t even have meetings.”

And although Black is often labeled a political comic, the man himself says it’s a little more nuanced than that.

“I’m more interested in how politics affects people,” he says. “The politicians themselves are pretty uninteresting. They take things that should be common sense and make them into politics. Their argument (regarding ‘Obamacare’) is, ‘Gee, this is too long.’ Yeah, you have to read it, douchebag. You’re in Congress. That’s your homework!”

He performs at the Taft Theatre at 7:30 p.m. $37.50-$50.50. Read Aaron Epple's interview with Black and get show details here.

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