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Interview: Lewis Black, new special, "In God We Rust," premieres midnight tonight on Comedy Central

Lewis Black's "In God We Rust"

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Lewis Black's "In God We Rust" premieres tonight at midnight on Comedy Central

Tonight Comedy Central will air comedian and social critic Lewis Black's special, In God We Rust, at midnight. In God We Rust, once released as media, will be Black's tenth CD since 2000, an impressive body of material by a comedian who has clearly defined his style, effectively cornering the market on apoplectic rage for over a decade.

Here we are in the midst of another election cycle, the perfect time for another politically-tinged special from Lewis Black, who has consistently been providing commentary on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart." He's also been performing plenty of contemporary material, as noted at Comedy Central's "Indecision In The Park" show in Central Park a couple months ago, along with John Oliver, Kristen Schaal, Wyatt Cenac, Al Madrigal, and John Hodgman. Because we se him so regularly on TV, it was a bit of a surprise to learn that In God We Rust was recorded almost a year and a half ago in Minneapolis.


Comedian Louis CK cuts scalpers out of the deal

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Comedian Louis C.K. attends the George Carlin Tribute hosted by Whoopi Goldberg at the New York Public Library - Celeste Bartos Forum on March 24, 2010 in New York City.

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Journalist Brian Williams and Louis C.K. attend the TIME 100 Gala, TIME'S 100 Most Influential People In The World, cocktail party at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 24, 2012 in New York City.

2012 FX Ad Sales Upfront

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Comedian Louis C.K. attends the 2012 FX Ad Sales Upfront at Lucky Strike on March 29, 2012 in New York City.

Comedian Louis CK announced his plans for his fall/winter tour to his email list Monday. He's selling tickets exclusively through his website, which is an interesting enough approach. C.K. says it helps keep ticket prices down and makes them easier and less complicated to buy, the same as he did with the direct online sale of his last comedy special.

C.K. blames high ticket charges and ticket resellers for higher prices, with ticketing services charging over 40 percent margins, and scalpers buying up tickets and making huge profits. To combat that second problem, C.K. is taking a fairly drastic step: If you try to sell your ticket for above the original price, Louis C.K. is reserving the right to cancel the ticket.

He's not being too militant about it; while the ticket will be canceled, the original purchaser's money will be refunded. However, "this is something I intend to enforce," C.K. wrote to his fans. "My goal here is that people coming to see my shows are able to pay a fair price and that they be paying just for a ticket," rather than paying fees.


Comedians Patton Oswalt and Marc Maron end up on the same flight, hilarity ensues

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Patton Oswalt attends the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards at The Beverly Hilton hotel on February 18, 2012 in Beverly Hills.

Patton Oswalt (who you may know from his recent Comedy Central special and everything else) and Marc Maron (who you may know from KPCC's Comedy Congress, his WTF podcast and soon from everything else) ended up on the same flight earlier today, from New York City to Los Angeles. Maron was riding coach while Oswalt went first class.

What are two Twitter-prolific comedians to do when separated by space? Tweet at each other repeatedly from across a plane. They poke fun at their coach/first class battle, their trademark styles (some deep cuts in there for comedy nerds) and more.

Comedy news site Splitsider assembled their plane communiques for consumption at your convenience. (Uh oh, Maron's probably mad I used Patton's picture. Sorry Marc.)


Why does comedy have a liberal bias?

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File: Comedian Dennis Miller presents his new weekly series at Stage 9 Studios November 6, 2007 in Santa Barbara, California.

More often than not, when you see a comedian get political, they're taking shots at conservative rather than liberal ideas. The Comedy Store's Alf LaMont has an interesting piece on this up today at the Huffington Post. (You can also read my in-depth interview with LaMont going inside the Los Angeles comedy scene.)

He recently moderated a panel at South by Southwest on political humor, and as he notes, when he asked for examples of conservative humor, the only name anyone was able to throw out was Dennis Miller. I admit that, when I first opened up his article, this was the first name to come to mind for me too.

There are other notable conservative comedians, though fewer that make their conservatism part of their act. Finding a popular social conservative comedian is even harder. One bright note for conservative comedy: there seems to be more representation when it comes to libertarians, though this also includes libertarians who lean more to the left like Bill Maher.


Comedian Gallagher retires following heart attack, medically-induced coma


Gallagher smashing watermelons, as he is wont to do.

Gallagher, the over-the-top comic with a fondness for smashing produce, is hanging up the sledgehammer. He’s retiring after 32 years on stage. (Yes, he was still performing.) He's just out of the hospital following a serious heart attack.

His trademark: smashing things with a sledgehammer, showering debris all over the crowd, most of whom show up with plastic to protect their clothing.

Highbrow, he’s not. He once said it didn’t matter how clever his jokes were, so long as the audience couldn’t hold their liquor. Gallagher likes to say outrageous things, and do even more outrageous things.

He also made a stir last year in the comedy community when he walked out of a podcast taping with comedian Marc Maron after Maron brought up accusations that Gallagher's comedy is racist and homophobic.