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Lewis Black talks playwriting, social media, the evolution of 'The Daily Show' and more



In the world of Lewis Black, no disappointment or shortcoming is too slight to acknowledge with an energetic rant. Or two.

Small wonder Black found a home on Comedy Central, which broadcast a number of his standup specials and made his rants a special feature on its news satire The Daily Show back in the mid '90s, when original host Craig Kilborn was in the driver's seat.

The big difference between the Kilborn days and Jon Stewart's current reign? Focus.

"Jon really spent a good three to five years getting the show focused," Black said in a recent phone interview. "They never skipped a beat from losing Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell, which was major. The show became what Jon wanted it be. … It takes the issues we're pounded with every day and says, 'Here's the funny.'"

On Thursday, Black will perform at the Straz Center in Tampa. Tickets start at $39.50. Click here for details.

For more with Lewis Black, click here for Eric Deggans' interview.

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9:54am]


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