Mark Metcalf

Lewis Black on the 2012 Election

Before taking the stage at the Riverside, Lewis Black and John Bowman joined Mark to talk about the pre-show rituals, the 2012 election and much, much more.

By - Sep 19th, 2012 04:00 am
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Lewis Black at the Riverside Theater. Photos: Erik Ljung.

I’ve watched both Lewis Black and John Bowman perform comedy since they were about four feet tall in a basement that was about five feet high at the West Bank Cafe on 42nd Street just west of 9th Avenue in New York City. To watch them both develop the craft of doing comedy over the years has been amazing to me.

John Bowman at the Riverside Theater.

Before Lewis and John took the stage at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee last Friday, I had the chance to sit down with them to talk about the pre-show process and how that’s changed (mainly, not as much booze), and with this being an election year, and with Lewis Black being Lewis Black, we talked about this year’s presidential election campaign.

We discussed Paul Ryan, the absurdity of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, the ever-shrinking amount of independent voters, the city that is home to the famed Starbucks across from another Starbucks and much, much more.

Listen now: 

[audio:|titles=Backstage with Mark Metcalf – Lewis Black and John Bowman]

Lewis Black is touring in support if his newly-released special, In God We Rust, available on CD, DVD and Blu-ray.

The tour heads to Texas on Thursday, where he’ll perform at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Tex., followed by more than 25 dates across the country.

To keep up to date with all things Lewis Black, head to, Like him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter at @TheLewisBlack.


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Backstage with Mark Metcalf,” a 2011 Milwaukee Press Club award-winner, is engineered and produced by Dan ShaferFor the full archive of these podcasts, check out TCD’s Podcasts page.

0 thoughts on “PODCAST: Lewis Black on the 2012 Election”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great interview. Its nice to listen to old friends talk. Especially the funny & talented old friends.

  2. Anonymous says:

    WTF with this iTunes nonsense? Earth to Third Coast: forcing listeners into iTunes is about as smart as putting a leash on a racehorse.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Mason, you can also listen to the podcast with the audio player on the page where it says “Listen now.”

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