Lewis Black takes on Texas politics in Bass Hall performance

Posted 11:21am on Monday, Sep. 30, 2013

What a nerve.

That Lewis Black guy, he just blew into town with all his Blue State viewpoinits (which he doesn’t even seem to be ashamed of) and made wicked fun of our brilliant politicians for hours Sunday night at Bass Hall.

And all we could do was laugh.

The famously acerbic comedian, making a stop on his The Rant Is Due tour, set his sights primarily on Ted Cruz and Rick Perry in a series of rambling diatribes punctuated by several heartfelt f-bombs and fits of convulsions (when Black starts to look and sound like Gilbert Gottfried, you know he has reached the full limit of his rage). These easy targets allowed Black to score several bull’s-eyes before he even got into the main part of his lengthy set.

“How did you elect him?” Black asked about one or the other. “Was he running against an armadillo?”

And that was one of the most impressive things about Black’s appearance. He probably doesn’t do Cruz and Perry jokes on every stop on his tour. Much of his Sunday routine seemed to have been created and delivered especially for the crowd of about 1,600 at Bass Hall.

But Black also went off on number of non-Texas topics, such as the tragic stupidity of ignoring global warming, legalizing pot and the math involved in understanding the Social Security system.

That last bit went on a tad too long, and an effort to incorporate tweets of questions and comments from audience members really fell on its face. But everything else the righteously angry comedian did was just a scream.

Warming up for Black was his longtime opener, John Bowman, whose act was based primarily on trashing other cities on their tour. Tulsa; Des Moines, Iowa; Macon, Ga.; and Yuma, Ariz. (among others), were all gleefully tossed under the wheels of the tour bus with great effect. His meandering, easygoing style made a nice setup for Black’s rat-a-tat vitriol.

Together, they paid the rant in full.

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