The perpetually upset Lewis Black is headed back to Houston for his latest show, which he says is mostly about social issues, with more than a sprinkling of politics, and won’t be the same show as In God We Rust, now airing on Comedy Central and available on DVD. In his usual curmudgeonly fashion, he bashes both U.S. presidential contenders: “This is about as useless a campaign as I’ve ever watched. Each in their own way have a certain quality of uselessness. I don’t want to hear it anymore.”
During the course of a couple of conversations, he admitted to not feeling well (“I’m hungover because last night was my birthday. It was a little too much celebrating.”) and said his stint at the Alley Theatre in 1990 — he wrote the musical The Czar of Rock and Roll — had finally convinced him to take up life as a comic full time. (“Working at the Alley was the final straw.”) He also admitted to actually being a politician for a while, successfully running for student senate in North Carolina when he was 21. (“I lasted eight weeks. I found it -intolerable.”)
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During his stop in Houston, he plans to talk about issues like health care and how, in order to bring more focus to the country, doctors should stop giving attention deficit disorder drugs to kids. “I know everybody in the country has ADD because the FDA has announced we’re running out of ADD drugs. They’re giving these drugs to kids. Screw it; they don’t need it. Adults need it. We’re the people who need to get stuff done. Add an extra year of high school and take away the drugs.”
Sat., Sept. 22, 8 p.m., 2012