When Lewis isn't on the road -- about a third of the year -- he lives close to the theater district, which makes sense as he began his career as a playwright, including a graduate degree from the Yale Drama School.
The comedy came later, partly as a result of hosting revues on a small stage below a restaurant owned by a friend.
Most people know Black as the comedic king of the rant, artfully skewering anything he sees—usually of the political variety.
Stuff like that.”His raspy cackle was echoed by a loud coughing sound from the bedroom.But as a fan of his bawdy, boisterous, and badass bits on life in modern America (politics, technology, entertainment, etc.), I couldn't let the opportunity pass.So I called his publicist and proposed sitting down for an interview about his game and whatever else was in his fertile, fantastical mind.He pointed wearily south, across his lush roof deck—“I got flowers, I don’t even know what the fuck they are”—to the building on West Forty-second Street in whose basement he got his start in New York, as a playwright, long ago.Nowadays, at sixty-two, Black is the guy with the loosened tie who rants about current events on “The Daily Show.” But from 1982 to 1989, he was the co-artistic director of a tiny subterranean stage grandly named The West Bank Café Downstairs Theatre Bar.