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Anger management: A look at Lewis Black's best bits as he brings bitter back to Fargo

FARGO -- In the intro to the 1970s CBS series "The Incredible Hulk," Bruce Banner, the calmer alter ego of the big, green, rage machine, warned an adversary, "Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."...

Lewis Black channels his outrage into humor. Special to The Forum.
Lewis Black channels his outrage into humor. Special to The Forum.

FARGO - In the intro to the 1970s CBS series "The Incredible Hulk," Bruce Banner, the calmer alter ego of the big, green, rage machine, warned an adversary, "Don't make me angry. You wouldn't like me when I'm angry."

Most folks avoid the angry, outraged, raving, finger-waver, unless that ranting man is Lewis Black.

For nearly two decades, righteous indignation has been the calling card of Black. Since 1996 his Back in Black installments on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" have seen the stand-up comic unravel over his own scathing, sarcastic screeds against politics, pop culture, the news and the American populus. Those clips led to a handful of specials and movies and even his own series, "Lewis Black's Root of All Evil."

His ability to channel humor through outrage led to him voicing the emotion/character Anger in this summer's animated family movie, "Inside Out."

Black brings his exasperated sense of humor back to the Fargo Theatre (he packed the house in 2010) on Saturday night.

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With so much happening in the news, the comic will have no problem getting himself worked up into a laughing lather.

Here's some of the best bits (that can be printed in a family newspaper) of Black.

On politics

• "The Republicans are the party of bad ideas. The Democrats are the party of no ideas."

• "Stupid presidents, smart presidents, white presidents, black presidents - doesn't work. What this country needs is a crazy Third World dictator. And Donald Trump has what it takes to be that. He's already got a plane with his name on it, solid gold buildings, a harem."

• "Donald Trump came out as a birther, which is Republican for, 'I'm running for president.' "

• "If you're going to vote for somebody because you think they have a great faith in God, you'd better be sure that God has faith in them."

• "In my lifetime, we've gone from Eisenhower to George W. Bush. We've gone from John F. Kennedy to Al Gore. If this is evolution, I believe that in 12 years, we'll be voting for plants."

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On the environment

• "When a country wants television more than they want clean water, they've lost their grip."

• "It's absolutely stupid that we live without an ozone layer. We have men, we've got rockets, we've got Saran Wrap. Fix it!"

• "Americans continue to rapidly homogenize ourselves into a neutered oblivion. For a country founded on the protection of the unique, we relish our sameness."

• "When it comes to idiots, America's got more than its fair share. If idiots were energy, it would be a source that would never run out."

On being angry

• "Those (Las Vegas) audiences are wonderful. Talk about the most bitter group of people on the planet Earth! For one brief shining moment, I am Mr. Happy."

• "If anyone is as angry as I am, it's the good people of Detroit."

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• "I watch some CNN and a lot of Fox, because it helps me get irritated."

• "Everybody's always asking me about my blood pressure. They did an interview once where they hooked me up to a blood pressure machine and they'd rile me. I'd yell and scream, and then it would just go back to normal in a few minutes. Everything else is probably rotting, but the blood pressure is spectacular."

• "I'm a happy person but an angry citizen."

If you go

What: Lewis Black

When: Doors open at 7 p.m, show at 8, Saturday

Where: Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway

Info: Tickets are $48.50 for this mature audiences show. Tickets are available at the Tickets300 box office, www.jadepresents.com

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