Lewis Black’s Nothing’s Sacred is essentially a history of the comedic genius that is Lewis Black. It’s great to learn his history through a lot of humor. If you have ever wondered just where a comedian came from and how they ended up where they are, telling jokes on a stage, Lewis Black’s Nothing’s Sacred is the book for you.
This audio book takes you through Black’s life and all the odd things he has done and experienced to get where he is today. From his experiences growing up Jewish to touring Europe in his youth, the stories of his life are entertaining and give you a little peek into where the wry wit of Black comes from.
If you are looking for typical Lewis Black humor and quick jokes, one after the next, this is not the book for you. This book has much more detailed stories and nuggets of life that really give you a picture of what it was like growing up Lewis Black, not just a bunch of punch lines.
This is not to say it was not funny. Of course it was funny! This is Lewis Black we are talking about. There are many parts where you will likely laugh out loud, so be ready for it. His takes and tirades on life are very fun to read. But instead of it being just one topical joke after the next, these are complete life stories with his sarcasm and a little yelling mixed in for emphasis.
The book overall went very quickly although was not quite as humorous as I was expecting from a stand up comedian. If you have seen any of his TV specials or been to a comedy show with him, you may be surprised that the speed and delivery are not quite the same as they usually are.
Lewis Black is the narrator of this book and that makes it all the more enjoyable. Having the author read his own words really brings the book to life. He knows his own punch lines and knows where to put the emphasis in the reading.