Lewis Black graduated from Yale's drama department and like most aspiring thespians, took a variety of jobs while waiting for his big break. Moving to Manhattan, he took a job in a government-funded anti-poverty program that gave him a firsthand look at a myriad of social and economic issues. Eventually, Black became the playwright in residence at the West Bank CafÃÂÃÂ© Downstairs Theater Bar, where over 40 of his plays were produced. One of his plays, The Deal, was optioned and made into a movie, which gave Black the "in" he was looking for. In 1996, the comedian made his motion picture debut with a role in Woody Allen's Hannah and Her Sisters, which in turn led to a prodigious run of guest starring roles on TV shows such as Murphy Brown, Law and Order and Mad About You. Appearances on high-profile comedy-oriented talk shows Late Show With David Letterman and Late Night With Conan O'Brien proved fertile ground for Black, who was subsequently hired as a contributor to The Daily Show, where his two-minute political and pop culture rants made him a national hero. In a short amount of time, Black provided succinct, thoughtful and riotous insight on the political machinations of the Bush administration. To quote: "On the bright side, we did catch Cat Stevens." Fittingly, Black took his ruminations on the road, crisscrossing the country with his stand-up act. In 2000, he released his debut CD, The White Album, followed by The Rules of Engagement and The End of the Universe.