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Lewis Black is providing you the opportunity to get whatever the hell is bothering you off your chest! Night after night on the road, Black delivers his wildly popular The Rant Is Due livestream where citizens of the world write in to tell him whatever is pissing them off. Lewis Black's Rantcast channels that anger in ways only a man whose devoted his entire life to ranting can do. The tirades are sometimes big. They are sometimes small. But when filtered through the comedic mind of Black in a live environment, they are always hilarious. We wanna make the podcast even better, help us learn how we can: https://bit.ly/2EcYbu4  For advertising opportunities please email PodcastPartnerships@Studio71us.com    Privacy Policy: https://www.studio71.com/us/terms-and-conditions-use/#Privacy%20Policy

#84 - Memorial Daze
Jun 1 2022
#84 - Memorial Daze
The 84th edition of the Rantcast is about guns and gun control and the scourge of gun violence in America and the inability of the large majority of the country to summon the political will to keep our schools, churches, supermarkets, streets, and other public gathering places from continuing to be the sites of mass death. It asks when will enough be enough. It asks how many more children have to die before we take action. One impediment to action is semantics. In the recent national discourse about this subject the definition of evil has come into question. On this matter, evil is seeing what is in front of you and knowing what needs to be done, and feigning blindness. Evil is creating a system that protects guns and gun users and gun manufacturers wholly while leaving the people those guns are supposed to protect completely exposed to random and not-so-random acts of gun violence. It is an insidious evil destined to turn every day into a Memorial Day. Lewis’ Rantcast intro may inspire many different reactions, but laughter probably won’t be one of them. If you want to skip to the funny parts, the live rants start at 32:11. And while Lewis’ current thoughts on the guns might not be that amusing, he was able to find the humor in this subject in the past. In his 2016 special "Black to the Future", he gave his prophetic view on the matter, with a bonus insight into his retirement plans: rants to Lewis to see Lewis live? Tickets are available here: out Lewis’ Grammy-nominated special, Thanks For Risking Your Life Subscribe to Lewis Black’s Rantcast Apple – – – – Lewis Website – – – – - episodes arrive every Wednesday via The Laugh Button For advertising opportunities email: advertise@thelaughbutton.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#83 - For Bruce MacVittie
May 25 2022
#83 - For Bruce MacVittie
In this week's episode, Lewis remembers his friend Bruce MacVittie, an accomplished stage and screen actor who passed away earlier this month. Lewis met Bruce through their work with 52nd Street Project, a community-based arts organization that brings NYC tweens and teens together with professional artists to create a variety of works of art. Aside from working with the kids, there was also some time for the adults to share a glass of wine or two. During these tastings Lewis came to appreciate wine and learned from Bruce to ask a critical question: do you like the taste for the price? Bruce will be deeply missed, so raise a glass for this consummate artist, and check out an exemplary example of his work, the episode of “Homicide: Life on the Street” from season 6 called “The Subway”: news this week somehow reached new tiers of horrible, with events happening too fast to contemplate. There are massive problems in the country, from multiple plagues to active shooters to food shortages to sinister challenges to personal autonomy, so that nowhere feels safe and circumstances feel beyond anyone’s control. One way to regain some sense of security is to actively address the sources of these issues by learning and teaching the history they stem from. To ignore the mistakes of the past not only allows them to repeat, it allows the associated trauma of those mistakes to pass on to future generations. In happier news, Lewis filmed his latest special on May 15th on Long Island and is grateful to everyone who came out to see it and for the level of energy and excitement they brought to the taping. It was inspiring. And Lewis got to see his mom again this week, a good reminder to reach out to those you love because on personal, community, and national levels, it’s time to take care of each other. The live rants come from one of Lewis’ favorite venues, the Warner Theater in Washington DC on May 6, 2020. Reminder: we now have a prize for the best rant submission of the week: a subscription for cheeses from Jasper Hill Farm in Vermont (Submit rants to Lewis to see Lewis live? Tickets are available here: out Lewis’ Grammy-nominated special, Thanks For Risking Your Life Subscribe to Lewis Black’s Rantcast Apple – – – – Lewis Website – – – – - episodes arrive every Wednesday via The Laugh Button For advertising opportunities email: advertise@thelaughbutton.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#82 - Happy Mother's Day
May 13 2022
#82 - Happy Mother's Day
In an America where almost anything jurisprudence-related – no matter how unreasonable it seems in the current context – can be justified if you can find a quote from an old, dead Englishman, it's a good time to reflect on the Bard's sentiments regarding the legal profession. Among Shakespeare's most famous locutions, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers" (Henry VI, Part 2) can be interpreted in several ways but in the current moment let’s posit that it’s criticism of lawyers for siding with the wealthy and privileged to protect their power and money from the peasants. A majority of the justices on the Supreme Court have aligned themselves with this feudal sentiment, and as they (and many members of Congress) are lawyers, it speaks poorly of what is being taught in law schools. And regarding the SCOTUS Leak, the less said about the better, though the one thing it clarified is that the news media is a feeding frenzy of speculation determined to instill fear of the future as a means to keep us watching CPAP, boner pill, and insurance commercials. The fifth estate would serve us better if they stuck with “what is” as opposed to “what if”. Of course, dealing in actuality takes hard work and a dedication to approaching topics with as much objectivity and truthfulness as possible, while “what if” merely requires opening one’s mouth and bloviating.  In other news of the week, a Tennessee lawmaker cited Hitler’s experience as a means to show that being homeless can be a building block to a better life. As always, if you are citing something Hitler said as a means to win an argument, you have already lost the argument. And the rash of attacks on performing comedians continued with the attempted on-stage assault of Dave Chappelle. Like the Chris Rock Slap, there was an absence of a rapid response from those entrusted with the safety of the artist. It’s unfortunate that there is an increasing need for more police-like security at live shows, but that’s where we are given the sensibilities in the country and the lack of easy access to mental health care. Finally, it was Mother’s Day this past Sunday, a holiday that Lewis’ mother Jeannette refuses to acknowledge, having forcefully argued for a long time that that every day is Mother’s Day if you’re a mother or have a mother. Whether you agree with Mrs. Black or not, it’s certain that even at 103 years old, her arguments are more cogent and intellectually and historically sound than Justice Alito’s. The live rants come from the shows in Richmond VA and Greensburg PA and feature discourses on personal liberty, motherhood, monuments, and personal hygiene. Submit rants to Lewis to see Lewis live? Tickets are available here: out Lewis’ Grammy-nominated special, Thanks For Risking Your Life Subscribe to Lewis Black’s Rantcast Apple – – – – Lewis Website – – – – - episodes arrive every Wednesday via The Laugh Button For advertising opportunities email: advertise@thelaughbutton.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#81 - May Day, or Mayday
May 4 2022
#81 - May Day, or Mayday
In this week's episode, Lewis delves into the history of May Day and why in the US we moved the celebration of labor to the end of the summer. Honoring the working class at the same time as the rest of the world was too communal an experience for our nation of rugged individualists, and it was stained by links with socialists and anarchists and by fears of association with the 1886 Haymarket Riots. President Grover Cleveland thus proposed having the celebration for those who labor in September and it became a federal holiday in 1894. Now, more than a century later, we join together the first Monday each September to pay lip-service to the hard-working laborers who keep our economy and society functioning, while also somehow highlighting the importance of management and owners. Lewis also offers a modest proposal for relocating refugees and migrants, explores the vague return to normalcy that was the 2022 NFL draft, and offers this athletics-related opinion: Wizards is the worst name in sports. Also, if there’s a manliness crisis in America, Madison Cawthorne is clearly not the person to offer solutions. The live rants come from Chicago and Detroit, two towns where the citizens don't agree on much, especially regarding Lions, Tigers, Bears, or Cubs (or Pistons, Bulls, White Sox, Blackhawks, or Red Wings), but definitely agree that the potholes need to be fixed!\ The big news on the rant front is that we now have a prize for the best rant submission of the week: a subscription for cheeses from Jasper Hill Farm in Vermont. Submit rants to Lewis to see Lewis live? Tickets are available here: out Lewis’ Grammy-nominated special, Thanks For Risking Your Life Subscribe to Lewis Black’s Rantcast Apple – – – – Lewis Website – – – – - episodes arrive every Wednesday via The Laugh Button For advertising opportunities email: advertise@thelaughbutton.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#80 - For Gilbert Gottfried
Apr 27 2022
#80 - For Gilbert Gottfried
In this week's episode, Lewis pays tribute to his friend and fellow comedian Gilbert Gottfried, a foul-mouthed angel who made a career out of finding the line of taste and then crossing right over it. He revived the Aristocrats joke as a way to recover from a post-9/11 moment of comedic transgression, and could make almost anything funny, including waiter’s trays. He will be terribly missed and if anything has happened “too soon”, it is Gilbert passing. In other news of the week, a federal judge ruled that the CDC’s mask mandate on public transportation was enacted without a proper mandate, just in time for new variants to put the lives of the immunocompromised (and the unvaccinated) at further risk. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' turn toward autocracy continued with his attacks on the House of Mouse, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene's turn away from having any recollection about anything at all also continued, as she took the stand to recall her part in the January 6th Insurrection and her mind, like her policies, was a vast emptiness of ahistorical reactionary presentism. It would be an admirable trait in its Zen-like focus only on the now, if it weren’t accompanied by a tendentious desire to use that disregard of history as a way to continue the repression of historically marginalized communities. The live rants come from the shows in Cincinnati and Akron OH, where we learn that the denizens of the Buckeye state are not too enamored of their state government. But they do like to put chili on top of noodles. Submit rants to Lewis to see Lewis live? Tickets are available here: out Lewis’ Grammy-nominated special, Thanks For Risking Your Life Subscribe to Lewis Black’s Rantcast Apple – – – – Lewis Website – – – – - episodes arrive every Wednesday via The Laugh Button For advertising opportunities email: advertise@thelaughbutton.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#78 - This Is America
Apr 13 2022
#78 - This Is America
This week's episode comes from somewhere on I-20 near the Georgia/South Carolina border, possibly the bumpiest stretch of road for a locale that doesn't see much wintry weather. The bumps in the road (sorry) is a theme that carried forward from the previous night in Atlanta, where one of the patrons had had a little too much to drink and not enough talk about the current president. The gentleman in question, disinhibited by the night's imbibing, could not keep that sentiment to himself, and felt that it was his Constitutional right to be heard. Misinterpreting the meaning of the First Amendment, he would not be silenced, and while being removed from the premises declared, "This is America!" Throughout most of America, the audience will be self-policing, using their combined feedback to control the wayward members of the crowd. Unfortunately, this was not the case in Atlanta. Other than this interruption to Saturday evening's proceedings the week was mostly good for your host, highlighted by visiting his mom and then receiving a high honor from his alma mater, having the body of his written work and primary sources archived by the UNC library. The live rants come from the shows in Atlanta, GA and Charleston, SC, where the theater-goers come in a possibly more gentile variety than their Peach State brethren. For more information about Lewis' archive at UNC click here: rants to Lewis to see Lewis live? Tickets are available here: out Lewis’ Grammy-nominated special, Thanks For Risking Your Life Subscribe to Lewis Black’s Rantcast Apple – – – – Lewis Website – – – – - episodes arrive every Wednesday via The Laugh Button For advertising opportunities email: advertise@thelaughbutton.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#77 - North Carolina Beats Duke
Apr 6 2022
#77 - North Carolina Beats Duke
From a time when the Kansas Jayhawks don't exist, this week's Rantcast celebrates the brave, valorous young men of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team who defeated the despised Blue Devils and sent Coach K on his merry way. In another televised display of possibly manufactured animosity, there was the slap heard round the world at the Oscars ceremony, with slapper Will Smith valiantly protecting his family from a not-great joke made by slapee Chris Rock. This was followed by one of the most bizarre speeches ever made at an awards ceremony, which begs the question of why he was allowed to stay at all. If only we could all be the vessel of love and see beyond our personal, collegiate, and political divides. Which bring us to this bit of advice for rant submissions: it is not enough to say that you like or dislike this leader or the former leader. We need specifics. What policies do you like or not? What actions do you think need to be taken? And as with rant submissions generally, you cannot get too specific. Also, Lewis has a great wine recommendation. The live rants come from the shows in Red Bank, NJ and Syracuse, NY, where the vagaries of our changing climate are in full effect. Submit rants to Lewis to see Lewis live? Tickets are available here: out Lewis’ Grammy-nominated special, Thanks For Risking Your Life Subscribe to Lewis Black’s Rantcast Apple – – – – Lewis Website – – – – - episodes arrive every Wednesday via The Laugh Button For advertising opportunities email: advertise@thelaughbutton.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#76 - Spring?!? It's Time to F'n Focus
Mar 30 2022
#76 - Spring?!? It's Time to F'n Focus
Lewis is ready for spring temperatures, but the climate will not comply. While he's waiting for the vernal season to kick into high gear, and recovering from the Pat's vs. Geno's cheesesteak challenge, the main distraction from the madness of March is March Madness and the joy/trepidation of his UNC team facing the despised Duke Blue Devils. Go Heels! With the turn of the seasons, it is also a time to contemplate the larger questions of life and the world. A prime example at the moment is: how is hatred learned? In the cases of Pat’s and Geno’s or UNC and Duke, similarity and proximity may play a factor. Whether cheese comes in the form of a slice of American or as “whiz” may not seem that consequential, but for some people it’s a difference to base an identity on. (As an aside, there are many Philadelphians who argue that both Pat’s and Geno’s suck and that there are many better cheesesteak options easily procured in the greater Delaware Valley area.) Likewise, the student bodies of UNC and Duke are not all that different, so differentiating identity must be found in the natures of the schools (public vs. private) and their choices of shades of blue. Within reason, sporting arenas are the appropriate place to yell like an idiot and have unreasonable distaste for your fellow humans. One place some level of civility should be maintained is the Senate Judiciary Committee. The less said about the antics of certain elected officials, the better, but can we at least agree that the time and place for a discussion of the merits of the meritocratic system and its relation to rising inequality and the role elite institutions like Harvard play in perpetuating a process whereby it is increasingly difficult for Americans to escape the vicissitudes of class-based late-stage capitalism is the Education Committee? The live rants come from the shows in Hershey, PA, Philadelphia, and Port Chester, NY, where we learn that Lewis has an unexpected amatory effect on some audience members. Submit rants to Lewis to see Lewis live? Tickets are available here: out Lewis’ Grammy-nominated special, Thanks For Risking Your Life Subscribe to Lewis Black’s Rantcast Apple – – – – Lewis Website – – – – - episodes arrive every Wednesday via The Laugh Button For advertising opportunities email: advertise@thelaughbutton.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#74 - I Got No War Jokes
Mar 16 2022
#74 - I Got No War Jokes
There's on old adage about New England that if you don't like the weather, just wait. And just like the wearying vicissitudes of the northeastern climate, the wider human experience provides an endless variety of new ways to redefine insanity. From war to pestilence to trading for Carson Wentz as your solution at QB, no amount of reason can sway certain members of the species from terrible decision-making. The news media may be the only people happy with the situation as it gives them license to fall into their natural tendency of being an endless funnel of the awful. Their operational focus being offering limitless speculation on how we are going to die today. The big news – non-Apocalyptic category – comes from the world of sports where the teams that Lewis roots for are doing their best to have their worst seasons; a real feat considering he roots for the Orioles. And the Wizards. And the Commanders. His only hope for distraction comes from March Madness, though the broadcasts are sure to be marred by incessant interstitial music and the overly hair-gelled announcers who think the sound of their voice is more important than the games on the court. Also, Olympic frozen penis. The live rants come from the shows in Concord, NH, Boston, MA, and Providence, RI, three municipalities battling for bitterness supremacy. Submit rants to Lewis to see Lewis live? Tickets are available here: out Lewis’ Grammy-nominated special, Thanks For Risking Your Life Subscribe to Lewis Black’s Rantcast Apple – – – – Lewis Website – – – – - episodes arrive every Wednesday via The Laugh Button For advertising opportunities email: advertise@thelaughbutton.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#73 - No Internet, No Cell Service, But Lots of Pot
Mar 9 2022
#73 - No Internet, No Cell Service, But Lots of Pot
Coming to you from somewhere along the treacherous, no guardrail road from Loleta to Redding, this week's episode answers the timely question of what kinds of infrastructure in Humboldt County need to be fixed. The answer: all of it. From the bumpy roads to the lack of phone and internet service, the pot basket of America is in sore need of better streets and the ability to connect to the outside world. If it were possible to pave the roads with marijuana, Humboldt would have the best thoroughfares in America. And in this secluded region of the endless expanse of the Golden State, weed is the one thing that unites the left and the right; that and a fervent distrust of authority. But even in that area of agreement, the sides cannot find common ground on which authority they do not like. Some distrust the federal government, some distrust the state government, some distrust the local government, and some distrust religious authority. All of them want the freedom that living in a rural, semi-isolated region seemingly conveys. Perhaps it is the bad roads and poor communications services that gives the locals the Freedom they may not realize they already have. The live rants come from the shows at the Bear River Casino in Loleta and the Redding Civic Auditorium in Redding, where there is much discussion of the price of weed, what weed is called, and how everyone loves weed. Also Cali-bama! Submit rants to Lewis to see Lewis live? Tickets are available here: out Lewis’ Grammy-nominated special, Thanks For Risking Your Life Subscribe to Lewis Black’s Rantcast Apple – – – – Lewis Website – – – – - episodes arrive every Wednesday via The Laugh Button For advertising opportunities email: advertise@thelaughbutton.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#72 - Tucker Carlson, Go Tuck Yourself
Mar 2 2022
#72 - Tucker Carlson, Go Tuck Yourself
Amidst the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Lewis escapes to the real magic kingdoms in California, Napa Valley and Humboldt County. They are lands of free-flowing wine and wondrous strains of weed, and great places to be while the world reaches a new level of self-immolation. From the horrific images on television to the absurd support for the Russian leader from members of the right wing, the cups are not deep enough to truly obliterate the acute sense that things have gone completely off the rails. This foreboding feeling is not helped by your host’s lack of skill at tasting wine. It’s either drink or not, there is no taste. And while the acute crisis in Ukraine will hopefully end soon, the ongoing climate crisis advances unabated. The view out the windows of the tour bus may be beautiful, but the lack of snow and rain, and the remains of last summer’s forest fires are a constant reminder of the larger tragedy taking place. The live rants come from the Uptown Theatre in Napa on Feb. 25th and feature submissions about Vladimir Putin and the Republicans who love him, math teachers, and a deeply analytical disquisition into the mystery of how Lewis’ tour has been routed through the worst places in the Golden State. Submit rants to Lewis to see Lewis live? Tickets are available here: out Lewis’ Grammy-nominated special, Thanks For Risking Your Life Subscribe to Lewis Black’s Rantcast Apple – – – – Lewis Website – – – – - episodes arrive every Wednesday via The Laugh Button For advertising opportunities email: advertise@thelaughbutton.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
#70 - Legitimate Political Discourse
Feb 16 2022
#70 - Legitimate Political Discourse
As Lewis traverses the frigid upper Midwest, the news from unseasonably warm Washington is as surreal as the weird Mid-Atlantic weather. First, Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene claimed that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is spying on members of Congress with a reconnaissance force called the “Gazpacho Police”. Gazpacho of course being the Gestapo of soups (h/t to whomever first uttered this idiom.) Then the RNC said that what happened on January 6th is “legitimate political discourse”. Even Orwell would have rejected that description as too unhinged to be credible. What must be seen to be believed, however, is that the state capitols of America are booming. From Des Moines to Madison to somewhere near Minneapolis that it’s almost St. Paul, buildings are being built and roads are being paved. And judging from recent accommodations, the hospitality industry in the capitols is also on the rise. Don’t let anyone say that there aren’t great hotels and restaurants outside the big coastal cities. There are fantastic meals and places to stay all across America. Back in Washington, the new name for Lewis’ favorite football team was revealed, and no one other than Dan Snyder seems to like it. The old name represented a subjugated people, while the new one stands for the subjugators. Perhaps “Commodores” would be a better name, especially if Lionel Ritchie plays QB. Lastly, a couple of notes on rant submissions: 1, don’t bury the lede or relay the beginnings of an outrageous story only to say that it’s for another time. 2, Lewis loves how the rants have evolved to become so erudite and well-articulated. Now it’s time to focus on concision. As Archie Bell & The Drells said, let's “tighten up” those rants. The rants come from the live shows in Des Moines IA, Madison WI, and the Mystic Lake Casino near Minneapolis MN. Submit rants to Lewis out Lewis’ Grammy-nominated special, Thanks For Risking Your Life Subscribe to Lewis Black’s Rantcast Apple – – – – Lewis Website – – – – - episodes arrive every Wednesday via The Laugh Button For advertising opportunities email: advertise@thelaughbutton.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices