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Lewis Black Biography

Birth Place:
Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
Comedian, actor, playwright

Fast Facts

  • Was sent to work for the Appalachian Regional Commission under the Nixon Administration
  • Aspired to be a playwright following college and has written more than 40 plays
  • Co-owned a renovated theater in Colorado Springs where he headed a repertory company
  • Voted "Best Male Stand Up" at the 2001 American Comedy Awards
  • Rants often about the fantasy-football craze in his Inside the NFL commentaries on HBO
  • In 2004, collaborated with students at the University of North Carolina to create the Carolina Comedy Festival, an annual weeklong festival featuring performances, workshops and lectures for aspiring performers
  • Visited U
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  • military bases in the Middle East and Europe in 2007 as part of a USO tour that also featured Robin Williams, Lance Armstrong, Kid Rock and Rachel Smith (Miss America 2007)


  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special: nominated


  • Ronald Black -- Brother
  • Sam Black -- Father
  • Jeannette Black -- Mother