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Lewis Black On The Catharsis Of Rage, And Houston’s Apocalyptic Starbucks

The comedian explains how his angry persona is actually good for his blood pressure.

Comedian Lewis Black
Comedian Lewis Black on stage in 2010.

When the world gets bizarre, emotions are high, and you’re looking for a voice who can articulate how you feel about some madness in our society, there might not be a better option out there than comedian Lewis Black.

His rants are legion — whether in stand-up gigs, or on his long-running Back in Black segment on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

And that’s cemented his status as America’s most-beloved angry man. But, as we learned when he spoke with Houston Matters last year, he’s really just a pussy cat.

Comedian Lewis Black Returns To The ‘End Of The Universe’…AKA Houston

And that mild-mannered voice of reason is just the guy we want to talk to after a tropical storm, an impeachment inquiry, and an election season filled with vitriol.

So, in the audio above, Houston Matters host Craig Cohen talks with Black about the catharsis of donning that angry persona on stage and answers listener questions.

And he reflects on his famous rant about the two Starbucks across the street from each other at Shepherd and West Gray. He once called that spot “the end of the universe.”

Black’s comedy tour, It Gets Better Every Day, comes to Houston Jan. 18.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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