Comedian Lewis Black to rant at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

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Entertainment,Robert Fulton

Though he now resides in New York, Lewis Black is not much of an advocate of the Big Apple's baseball teams. The comedian grew up in Silver Spring and is a fan of the Orioles and the Nationals. And like any Baltimore Colts fan with a long memory -- if one is a Baltimore Colts fan, a long memory is a necessity -- he doesn't recognize the Indianapolis Colts as a football team. Even Lewis' support of the Nats is tentative.

"I like the Nationals, but if you take two teams away from me during my lifetime out of Washington, don't expect me to get that excited until they're there 50 years," Black said during a recent phone interview.

Lewis Black performs Sunday at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

Growing up locally clearly had an influence on Black, 64, whose comedy is characterized by fits of rage aimed at the failures of the political system and the absurdities of life in general.

Onstage
Lewis Black
» Where: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW
» When: Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. Sunday
» Info: With John Bowman; sold out, though tickets may still be available through resellers; 202-408-3100; sixthandi.org

"I think it's why I kind of have always had somewhat of a focus on politics," said Black, whose father worked for the Department of Defense, on spending his formative years in the nation's capital. "It was in my face all the time. It's local news there, it's not national. I have more of a respect for -- since most of the people around me worked for the government -- I have more of a respect for government than most people."

Black's current tour is titled "The Rant is Due." He tackles the big issues facing the country today, from social security to health care.

"The reason we're not moving forward as a country is because we the people have ADD," Black said. "Everyone has ADD, and if you're denying it, then you have it worse than everyone else. We've all got it. It's how come we can't get anything done. We can't focus on anything."

Black added that D.C. audiences tend to get the political humor a little faster than audiences elsewhere.

"It's easy to talk about s--t when people are smelling it all the time," Black said.

Black plans to record "The Rant Is Due" at some point this tour and release it as a follow-up to last year's "In God We Rust." Because of the broad age of his audience, he prefers to release his stand-up specials through more traditional avenues such as video and cable, as opposed to the trend of self-releasing online.

And though he's been a guest on a number of podcasts, he doesn't record his own. After doing interviews and making appearance and performing, Black would be happy with just a little peace and quiet.

"If I'm working four to five nights a week doing a long show, 75 minutes a night, I'd like just a little time away from the sound of my own voice," Black said.

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