Dance Monkey: Lewis Black

A visiting comic in the hot seat
By SARA FAITH ALTERMAN  |  September 25, 2007
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Lewis Black

Lewis Black | Cape Cod Melody Tent, Hyannis | August 31 | 800.347.0808 | Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom, Hampton Beach, New Hampshire | September 1 | 603.929.4100 | South Shore Music Circus, Cohasset | September 2 | 781.383.9850
What’s the strangest thing anyone has ever done to you or asked you for after a show?
It’s when they have a daughter that’s 15 or 16 and they tell the daughter to come and sit on my lap and get a hug. And that’s just odd. There’s some level where that’s just not right. You hug them in a very paternal fashion.

Barry Bonds just became baseball’s new home run king. What would you like to be dubbed king of?
There are so many options. I’d say King of the World, but that was destroyed by that movie. I’d like to be known as the King of Hope. That can be a city somewhere, or the king of actual hope.

The founders of the clothing store the Gap recently announced plans to build a contemporary art museum. Any suggestions for exhibits?
The Gap is going to have a museum of art? They should do an entire exhibition of my friend Tom Slaughter. And Mary Lin Yoshimura. Their work is excellent. Instead the Gap will probably . . . it’ll be an exhibition of khaki.

You famously told the Boston Globe in 2004 that you won’t campaign for political candidates, and that “whoever is in charge, I want him out.” Do you still feel that way?Because you strike me as the kind of man who secretly wishes he could be an Obama girl.
Are you serious? At this point in time I have no interest whatsoever in what they’re doing. What’s occurring right now is absolutely shameful and disturbing. It’s like a preview for coming attractions. Come on. When you look up at a sign and see that Shrek 4 is coming in 2008, do you stop the car and write that down?
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