To quote the legendary San Diego weatherman Brick Tamland, “I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE’RE YELLING ABOUT!” But Lewis Black doesn’t have that problem. He always knows what he’s yelling about. He’s built an entire career off it. The comedian rose to prominence as a commentator during the peak of The Daily Show. While Jon Stewart would skewer politicians with incredulous reactions to hypocrisy-laden video clips, Black worked more directly — loudly ranting against issues until he worked himself into a rabid froth (there’s a reason he was tapped to play Anger in Pixar’s Inside Out). His comedy is a blunt-force object used to pummel. And there’s still plenty he’s fired up about, as his undoubtedly manic and scream-filled “Off the Rails” tour will prove.
Lewis Black: Off the Rails • Sun, Feb. 5 at 7 pm • $35-$55 • Bing Crosby Theater • 901 W. Sprague Ave. • bingcrosbytheater.com
— Seth Sommerfeld