NEW YORK, February 14, 2011 – COMEDY CENTRAL Records’ release of Lewis Black’s “Stark Raving Black” was honored with the Grammy Award last night as Comedy Album of the Year. The awards are given by The Recording Academy, established in 1957 to honor excellence in music and recordings. This is the second Grammy for Black on COMEDY CENTRAL Records, with Lewis Black’s “The Carnegie Hall Performance” garnering a Grammy for Best Comedy Album in 2007.
Shot at the historic Fillmore Theatre in Detroit, “Stark Raving Black” features Black serving up his biting social and political commentary on current events. Black guides his audience through a catalogue of the woes of the world such as the absurdities of aging (60 is NOT the new 40!) to the pitfalls of becoming a “mainstream” comedian to the insanity of Washington and Wall Street. He carefully controls his performance with the same mastery of craft as a musician does, from blistering to blithe, in the turn of a word.
Black wasn’t the only comedian in the COMEDY CENTRAL family to head home with a Grammy last night. In addition, the Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album went to “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Presents Earth” (The Audiobook) by Jon Stewart (With Samantha Bee, Wyatt Cenac, Jason Jones, John Oliver & Sigourney Weaver) which was released by Hachette Audio.
COMEDY CENTRAL Records has previously won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album in 2010 for Stephen Colbert’s “A Colbert Christmas: The Greatest Gift of All” digital album, 2007 with “Lewis Black’s The Carnegie Hall Performance.” Prior Grammy nominations for COMEDY CENTRAL Records include Steven Wright’s “I Still Have a Pony,” George Lopez’s “America’s Mexican” and “Tall, Dark & Chicano” and Lewis Black’s “Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues.”
Previously released recordings by COMEDY CENTRAL Records include: Dane Cook’s “Greatest Hits,” Bo Burnham’s “WORDS, WORDS, WORDS, “Mitch Hedberg’s “Do You Believe in Gosh,” Dane Cook’s platinum-selling “Harmful If Swallowed” and double-platinum “Retaliation,” Grammy Award-winning “Lewis Black: The Carnegie Hall Performance,” among others.
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