NEW YORK, December 4, 2008 – COMEDY CENTRAL Records release Lewis Black’s “Anticipation” has been nominated for a Grammy® Award in the category of “Best Comedy Album.”

As “America’s Foremost Commentator on Everything,” Lewis Black is a political commentator on COMEDY CENTRAL’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and has starred in four top-rated comedy specials for the network. In the past few years, he has also released two hugely popular books, toured all over the world and starred in many movies. Black’s first three CDs are consistent sellers and have sold 130,000+, 100,000, and 150,000+ units respectively in a very short period of time and his show “Root Of All Evil” has been a hit for two seasons on COMEDY CENTRAL.

Black’s “Anticipation” CD laments the fact that the only appropriate candidate for the highest office in this land is the universally loved Santa Claus. Black spends the bulk of his time in kinder, gentler territory on “Anticipation,” while still keeping up his trademark frenetic pace and subtle, masterful call-backs. Virginity, golf, Las Vegas and the ever-popular Chanukah are some of the topics that come in for the truth-revealing rants that only Black can do.

Black is one of the nation’s top standup comics and has done numerous films. Television appearances include “Caroline’s Comedy Hour,” “Evening at the Improv,” “The A List,” “Live from Tompkins Square Park,” “Comic Cabana,” “Make Me Laugh,” “Comedy Showcase,” “The Murphy Brown Show,” “Hoop Life” (Showtime) and is seen regularly on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” He received the award for “Best Male Stand-Up” at The American Comedy Awards in 2001 and has released a stan-up special for HBO. He is preparing the material on this CD for a Broadway run.

Prior acclamations for COMEDY CENTRAL Records include Steven Wrights’ “I Still Have a Pony,” George Lopez’ “America’s Mexican,” Lewis Black’s “Lewis Black: Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blue” CD, nominated for a Grammy® Award in 2006 and Black’s 2007 release “Lewis Black: The Carnegie Hall Performance,” recipient of the label’s first Grammy® Award for Best Comedy Album.

Some other previously released recordings by COMEDY CENTRAL Records include: Dane Cook’s platinum-selling “Retaliation,” “Jim Gaffigan: Beyond The Pale,” “Mike Birbiglia: Two Drink Mike,” D.L. Hughley’s “Notes From The GED Section,” Todd Barry’s “Falling Off The Bone,” Mitch Hedberg’s “Mitch All Together” and “Strategic Grill Locations,” Dave Attell’s “Skanks For The Memories” and Jim Breuer’s “Smoke ‘n’ Breu.”

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