Black, Lewis 1948–

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BLACK, Lewis 1948–


Born August 30, 1948, in Silver Spring, MD; son of Sam (a mechanical engineer and artist) and Jeannette (a teacher) Black; married (marriage ended). Education: University of North Carolina, undergraduate degree, c. 1971; Yale University, M.F.A., 1977; also attended other institutions. Avocational Interests: Golf.

Addresses: Agent—Agency for the Performing Arts, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 900, Los Angeles, CA 90069; Access Talent Voice Overs, 37 East 28th St., Suite 500, New York, NY 10016. Manager—Astrow/Lonow Management, 2609 Laurel Pass Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90046. Publicist—Baker/Winokur/Ryder, 9100 Wilshire Blvd., Sixth Floor, West Tower, Beverly Hills, CA 90212. Contact—

Career: Actor, producer, and comedian. Toured as a stand–up comedian. West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theatre Bar, New York City, associate artistic director and playwright in residence. Contributor of reports to the Comedy Central web page. Participated in drama workshops. Also worked as a civil servant and affiliated with magazine publishing.

Member: Actors' Equity Association.

Awards, Honors: Drama Desk Award, 1998, for Black Humor; American Comedy Award, funniest male stand–up comic, 2001; named one of the top stand–up comedians of all time, Comedy Central, 2004.


Television Appearances; Series:

Bernie, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Lifetime, 1990–91.

HBO Comedy Showcase, syndicated, c. 1995–97.

Contributor ("Back in Black" and other segments), The Daily Show (also known as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Global Edition), Comedy Central, c. 1997—.

Frequent panelist, Tough Crowd (also known as Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn), Comedy Central, 2002–2004.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

Himself, Heroes of Jewish Comedy, Comedy Central and Channel 4 (England), 2003.

Himself, I Love the '70s, VH1, 2003.

(In archive footage) Himself, Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand–Ups of All Time, Comedy Central, 2004.

Himself, Funny Already: A History of Jewish Comedy (documentary), Comedy Central, 2004.

Television Appearances; Specials:

MTV, Give Me Back My Life: A Harvard Lampoon Parody, Comedy Central, 1991.

Setting the Agenda: Indecision '96, Comedy Central, 1996.

Voice, Blood Money: Switzerland's Nazi Gold (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 1997.

Correspondent, The Daily Show Year–End Spectacular '98, Comedy Central, 1998.

Himself, Comedy Central Presents: Lewis Black, Comedy Central, 1998, 2000, 2002.

Himself, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: The Greatest Millennium, Comedy Central, 1999.

Himself, Just for Laughs: Montreal Comedy Festival, 1999.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart "Indecision 2000" Election Night Special, Comedy Central, 2000.

Professor Black, Lewis Black: Taxed beyond Belief (documentary), 2002.

Himself, Uncensored Comedy: That's Not Funny (documentary), Trio, 2003.

Himself, The World Comedy Tour: Melbourne 2003, 2003.

Himself, Lewis Black: Black on Broadway, HBO, 2004.

Performer, Comedy Central's Bar Mitzvah Bash!, Comedy Central, 2004.

Television Appearances; Awards Presentations:

Himself, American Comedy Awards Viewer's Choice, Comedy Central, 2001.

The 15th Annual American Comedy Awards, Comedy Central, 2001.

Himself, Comedy Central Presents: The Commies (also known as The Commies), Comedy Central, 2003.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Director Franklin, "Aria," Law & Order, NBC, 1991.

The pizza slice, "Le Sex Show," Mad about You (also known as Loved by You), NBC, 1997.

"Punch" Deleon, "Deception," Homicide: Life on the Street (also known as H: LOTS and Homicide), NBC, 1997.

Himself, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005.

Himself, "That's Amore ... or Is It?," Rendez–vous, 2001.

The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 2001.

Himself, Comic Remix, Comedy Central, 2002.

Voice of Zorator, "Braklet, Prince of Spaceland," The Brak Show (animated), Cartoon Network, 2003.

Host, World Comedy Tour, 2003.

B. J. Cameron, "Obscene," Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (also known as Law & Order: SVU and Special Victims Unit), NBC, 2004.

Himself, "Top 10 TV Dads," TV Land Top 10, TV Land, 2004.

Himself, Last Call with Carson Daly, NBC, 2004.

Himself, Shorties Watching Shorties (live action and animated), Comedy Central, 2004.

Himself, The View, ABC, 2004, 2005.

Appeared as a guest comedian, Stand–Up Spotlight, VH1; and as a guest, Women Aloud, Comedy Central; in Caroline's Comedy Hour, Arts and Entertainment; in An Evening at the Improv, Arts and Entertainment and syndicated; in The Hoop Life, Showtime; in Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher (also known as Politically Incorrect), Comedy Central and ABC; in Comic Cabana, Premium Blend, and Tompkins Square, all Comedy Central; and in Talent Pool.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

The Rock, 1986.

Lewis Tanner, Educating Lewis, ABC, 2004.

Television Work; Executive Producer:

Lewis Black: Taxed beyond Belief (documentary), 2002.

Lewis Black: Black on Broadway, HBO, 2004.

Stage Appearances:

The Laundry Hour, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Media Amok, American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA, 1992.

Johnny on the Spot, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, Williamstown, MA, 1997.

Joe, The Matchmaker, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1998.

Black Humor, Cherry Lane Theatre, New York City, 1998.

Camino Real, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 1999.

The bishop, Once in a Lifetime, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Adams Memorial Theatre, 2002.

Host, Cabaret & Main, Williamstown Theatre Festival, 2004.

Moomtaj (benefit staged reading), Hypothetical Theatre Company, The Fez, New York City, 2004.

Appeared in Indians.

Film Appearances:

Paul, Hannah and Her Sisters, Orion, 1986.

Jacob's doctor, Jacob's Ladder (also known as Dante's Inferno), TriStar, 1990.

Banker, The Hard Way, Universal, 1991.

Marty Holder (Ellen's brother–in–law), The Night We Never Met, Miramax, 1993.

Pete Grimm, Joey Breaker (also known as Agent Breaker), Skouras Pictures, 1993.

Burt, Sidesplitters: The Burt & Dick Story (short film), Celluloid Construction Company, 2000.

Club owner, American Dummy (short film), Celluloid Construction Company, 2002.

Dependable People (short film), c. 2002.

Cookie LaMotte, The Gynecologists (short film), Celluloid Construction Company, 2003.

Himself, The Making of "Invasion of the Freedom Snatchers" (documentary), Behind the Scenes Productions, 2004.

Himself, The Aristocrats, ThinkFilm, 2005.

Rob York, Social Grace, Alien/Nitrate Pictures, 2005.

Film Executive Producer:

The Deal (short film), Mill Ridge Films, 1998.

Radio Appearances; Episodic:

Appeared in episodes of radio programs.


Teleplays; Specials:

Comedy Central Presents: Lewis Black, Comedy Central, 1998, 2000, 2002.

Lewis Black: Taxed beyond Belief (documentary), 2002.

Lewis Black: Black on Broadway, HBO, 2004.

Stage Plays:

(With Mark Linn Baker) The Laundry Hour, Joseph Papp Public Theatre, New York City, 1981.

Crossing the Crab Nebula, Harold Clurman Theatre, New York City, 1982.

(With Rusty Magee) The Czar of Rock and Roll, Alley

Theatre, Houston, TX, 1990.

One Slight Hitch, Falcon Theatre, Burbank, CA, 2004.

Author of several other plays, including The Deal, West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theatre Bar, New York City.


The Deal (short film; based on his play of the same name), Mill Ridge Films, 1998.


Nothing's Sacred (autobiography), Simon & Schuster, 2005.



Publishers Weekly, March 7, 2005, p. 61.

U.S. News & World Report, March 28, 2005, p. 6.

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