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Las Vegas. YouTube. Paris Hilton. What do they have in common? They all make Lewis Black want to strangle himself with a television cord. Join the abrasive comedian as he and his brethren take on pop culture, politics and all the things that most stupefy and pervert our society. With the help of comics like Patton Oswalt, Greg Giraldo and Andrew Daly, Lewis Black will help you find the Root of All Evil.

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These are times that try men's souls, and what the world needs is a forum where the hot button issues of the day can be heard in the court of comedy opinion. Lewis Black presides over this lively Comedy Central series in which two comedians take sides in debating which is worse: Oprah vs. the Catholic Church; Paris Hilton vs. Dick Cheney; Donald Trump vs. Viagra, and other things that, Black rants, "turn my mind into a cesspool of madness." This format is an excellent showcase for Black, who prefers the conflagration over the slow burn, as well as esteemed colleagues Patton Oswalt, Greg Giraldo, Andy Kindler, Andrew Daly, Kathleen Madigan, and Paul F. Tomkins. Giraldo is the Hamilton Burger of the series. In this first season, he does not win a case. Oswalt has a better track record, but win or lose, the testimony is often inspired. In the case of American Idol vs. High School, Oswalt convincingly argues, "American Idol is where people go to get judged, humiliated, and pigeonholed, but where did they learn to do that? High school!" Another Clarence Darrow moment is his argument that YouTube has turned us "into a nation of deranged roman emperors sitting around in our bathrooms saying, 'I'm bored, I'd like to see something poop or sneeze." Recurring segments such as Black's "inquisitions," man on the street interviews and expert witnesses (singer-songwriter Aimee Mann taking the anti-pot side) add to the guilty pleasures. Not since Judge Ito has there been this much contempt in court, but it's all directed at deserving targets. Root of All Evil absolutely pleases the court. --Donald Liebenson


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  • Actors: Lewis Black, Matt Price, Greg Giraldo, Andrew Daly, Patton Oswalt
  • Directors: Keith Truesdell
  • Writers: David Sacks, Scott Carter
  • Producers: Matt Price, Alicia Good
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Comedy Central
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 176 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AZIS12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,244 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil" on IMDb

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cannington De Ness on April 7, 2009
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IT is a series of skits, with many great gems. There are moments where it can fail, but think of it like a courtroom Dailyshow...kind of but not really. It is a made up vs debate where two comedians go head to head on why one thing is worse than another. Lewis judges, and jumps in from time to time, but the others (who have been on the Dailyshow and such) do the presentin of both sides. This is not 100% Black, it is more like 20% his work and the rest of the talk time is the presenters. I loved this show, downloaded every episode I could, now it is out on dvd...and it is mine!

Some people may not feel 5 stars is correct, but I felt this show was so great at times I could not fault it. But if you are a Lewis Black fan...well you should like it too, but it seems from the other reviews they have issues with other people presenting. Hey it is both seasons!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 9, 2008
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Lewis Black is undoubtedly one of, if not the, funniest comedians in the business today, which is the one reason that Root of All Evil works as well as it does. Black presides over some humerous debates between pairs of other comics (including Patton Oswalt, Greg Giraldo, and Mad TV vet Andrew Daly among others), who debate the evils of such things ranging from Oprah, Donald Trump, YouTube, marijuana, and more. Frequently funny and even containing a good point here and there, Root of All Evil will keep you entertained, and will keep you laughing. Sadly though, not as many laughs come from Black as one may like, and more often than not the debating comics become the centerpiece. All in all, Root of All Evil is worth your time, but for big fans of Lewis Black, you may be a bit disappointed that he isn't constantly at the forefront.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. E. Elston on February 8, 2013
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I thought this was a great concept. I always enjoy watching Lewis perform. He never diasappoints when it comes to a live show!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Deddy on October 30, 2008
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Another one of Mr Black's "side splitting" productions.
We're big fans and Mr Black didn't disappoint.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Simon on January 9, 2010
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I bought this DVD hoping to see Lewis Black skewering pop culture/politics/society in general, as he usually does. Unfortunately (my fault, didn't read the item description well enough) this is other comedians in the "courtroom of public opinion" with Black as judge. He only offers a few good lines per episode, although, to be fair, the other comedians often have some good one-liners. If you want Back-in-Black-esqe material, look elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lois Fromer on February 13, 2013
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So funny and so true. Arrived on time, well packed, and as described.
Lewis Black is fantastic. I bought all of the tapes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lauren Rhein on November 6, 2013
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watched these on comedy central and loved it then. now that we own it we love it when we need a good laugh.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Homan on October 8, 2013
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I don't know what it is about Lewis Black, if it's his angry, shouting, peed off routine, or what, but I find him entertaining. I am not much for the hardcore comedian's like Andrew Dice Clay, nor am I for silly comedic. Black sort of fits in between somewhere. In this DVD, Black is the host of two comedians that debate some silly stuff; Two comedians take sides in debating which is worse: Oprah vs. the Catholic Church; Paris Hilton vs. Dick Cheney, and more. It's will give you a few good laughs.
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