By Cameron R. Flatt, E23 Reporter

Photo of Lewis Black

Image courtesy of Eve Sadof.

Stand-up comedian Lewis Black will be in Columbia, Mo. Thursday, November 17. He is best known for his angry and brutally honest take on politics and culture. He will occasionally appear on “The Daily Show” with his segment entitled “Back in Black.” The general public will most likely know him as the voice of Anger in Pixar’s “Inside Out.” In preparation for his show at Columbia’s Missouri Theater at 8 p.m., I got a chance to catch up with him over the phone.

WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR FREE TIME WHEN YOU ARE HOME?

“I hang out with friends, I binge watch TV show’s, and I read a little. I’ve been watching “Goliath” with Billy Bob Thornton, who I like. I like “Mr. Robot” a lot. I mean A LOT. I’m watching “Westworld”. I love “Deadwood”. Maria Bamford’s show was really good. I watch a ton of stuff. I read a book by Phillip K. Dick, who basically wrote the book they based “Blade Runner”, but the book I read was called “Confession of a Crap Artist.” It’s the only kind of straight fiction book he wrote. He usually wrote sci-fi, but this was really something.”

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY YOU DO FOR A LIVING?

“I yell a lot, and I basically tell people what is happening around them, and they laugh at it.”

HOW DO YOU THINK THINGS ARE GOING WITH TREVOR NOAH ON THE DAILY SHOW?

“I think they’re rolling along. I think it takes time to make the show his. I think he’s moving in that direction. He’s got a great supporting cast. They’ve got some very good folks that came on. All in all, we’ll see how it goes, but so far so good. Basically, he brings more of a world view.”

WHY SHOULD COLLEGE STUDENTS COME SEE YOUR SHOW?

“Because I am younger than most of them. I have more energy than most of them. And I’m not a white old man. And I’ve got something to tell them, which is to wake the f*** up. Because, as my mother said, you’re going to end up just like we did. Pay close attention, if you think we’re idiots, wait until you get to be our age. Once you hit 30, you’re 15 minutes away from it. We said the same thing about our generation. And what’s amazing is there’s going to be people from your generation that act just like the idiots that you are yelling about now. It takes a long time for the stupidity gene to die off.”

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THE FUTURE JOURNALIST OF MIZZOU THAT WANT TO REINVENT THE SYSTEM?

“The good news is it’s an exciting time if you’re a journalist. The bad new is it’s a horrifying time if you’re a journalist. It’s a new frontier. We’re living between the age I came out of and now we’re in the technological age. The one thing journalism has to do is find a way to gather information that they can put on the stream that is legitimate, because apparently no one wants to read a paper anymore, expect for me.”

WHERE DO YOU GET MOST OF YOUR NEWS FROM?

“I mostly get it from reading the newspaper, because I trust a newspaper more because somebody had to be there to look at a resume for someone else. And I don’t know who’s doing it at the Huffington Post. I think it’s sad, locally. Papers are not going to do national news, which they are dropping in a lot a papers and handing it over to USA Today. The local news needs to be strong. And it’s not, it’s: ‘The Geppettos has 6 puppies.’ Well, who give a f***?”

WHAT IS THE MOST RIDICULOUS THING YOU’VE READ IN THE NEWS WITHIN THE LAST MONTH OR SO?

“Donald Trump apparently went to an AIDS charity event back in ’94 or ’96 and had not given any money to that organization, but took a seat from someone that had. There is just a quality to him. I thought from the moment that he said that the Mexicans are racing over the borders and raping and pillaging and eating all the avocados. That was the moment I said that the Republicans need to step in and shut him down. You can run for president of the United States, but you can’t do it as a Republican. You can’t do it for either party. Create your own party. But really, that was beyond belief that they allowed that, and it just followed after that: statement after statement. I’ve spent 40 years of my life in New York City with that guy and you spend 40 years of your life with him and you already know him. And the people that are voting for him, basically, they like him on “The Apprentice” and he looks really good to them. Spend some time with him.It’s not going to take long for them to know what they’ve got on their hands. He’s an egomaniac. You want to elect an egomaniac, go ahead.”

WHY DO YOU THINK NO ONE WANTS TO VOTE?

“I heard, ‘I worked hard for Bernie and I really liked Obama and I don’t really like these two.’ Tough s***. I don’t care. You live in a democracy. You want to tell the rest of the world how good democracy is and you don’t want to vote? F*** you.”

HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY THAT CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS MAY ONLY KNOW YOU AS A VOICE FROM INSIDE OUT?

“That wouldn’t be such a bad deal. That’s not such a bad legacy. I can live with that. I wish I was ten years old and got to see that movie and then I wouldn’t have to see a physiatrist now. ‘Oh, that’s an emotion, I didn’t realize that.’”

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