Comedy Central Encourages Lewis Black's 'Evil' Side
'Daily Show' commentator and 'Accepted' co-star will cast judgment on key issues
The series, in which Black casts judgment on all manner of cultural controversies, will premiere in March of 2008.
On "The Root of All Evil," a rotating group of comedians will take the stage to argue in showdowns like Paris Hilton vs. Dick Cheney and YouTube vs. Porn. The goal isn't to present the merits of each side, but rather to say which side is most evil. Naturally, Black will serve as both moderator and final arbiter.
"Who better to serve as the great decider for all that is evil than Lewis Black?" asks Lauren Corrao, Comedy Central's executive vice president for original programming and development, rhetorically we assume. "We are thrilled to be working with him on a new series that embraces his insight and personality. He has been a mainstay on Comedy Central for years with his hosting gigs, numerous stand-up specials and his trademark 'Back in Black' segments on 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,'"
Black adds helpfully, "I am thrilled to become a part of popular culture by being the self-proclaimed decider of what is evil in our popular culture and by the end of the show's run I will no doubt have to judge myself."
Comedy Central has had a busy couple weeks of pick-ups. In addition to ordering fresh episodes of the Canadian cult favorite "Kenny vs. Spenny" for later this year, Comedy Central has renewed "Lil' Bush" and "Mind of Mencia" and sent a Jon Stewart-produced Demetri Martin showcase to series.