Lewis Black on the importance of education and maintaining a kind of cantankerous optimism

Lewis Black on the importance of education and maintaining a kind of cantankerous optimism

By: Emily Votaw

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lewis black he is known for yelling.

For ranting.

For dramatic bursts of emotion sparked by absurdity and cruelty that seep below the surface of everyday life. The longtime comedian and Daily Show correspondent even portrayed anger personified in the 2015 Pixar film “Inside Out.”

There are plenty of things to be mad about in 2022, and Black knows that better than most. In fact, that’s exactly what’s driving his “Off the Rails” tour, which has two upcoming stops in Ohio. The first is April 21 at Cincinnati’s Taft Theater (317 East 5th St.), followed by a show on April 22 at the Goodyear Theater in Akron (1201 East Market Street).

A few weeks before the aforementioned stops at the Buckeye State, Black took the time to talk to WOUB Culture about a number of things, including the power comedy has over authority, his recent election as chairman of the board of the Kurt Vonnegut Library and Museum, and how he maintains enough optimism about the human condition to believe that we all have the ability to be better.

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