Last July Lewis Black live-streamed a de facto hour “special” from Napa, California. The Rant Is Due featured comedian pal Kathleen Madigan fielding topics from both the live audience and online; the Grammy-winning monologist and Daily Show regular then offered his opinions off-the-cuff and at high volume. Pleased with the immediacy and accessibility, today Black continues making interactive digital content available for members of his fan club, colorfully dubbed “F.U.C.K.U.” (Frustrated Union of Cynical Kindreds Universal).
“What I do is stream out a live Q&A after every performance. We’ve done a hundred and five of them. It’s increased in audience share, but what I like is it goes around the world so you get, like, five people in Kenya watching, twenty-two people in Scotland.
“Really where it kind of picks up is afterwards. We put out something like three a week. It’s still in its infancy, because it’s like a TV show in the 1950s. I’m putting together a TV that I’m not sure exactly what it is yet.
“One of the things we did that was great is I did an interview one evening with Tommy Smothers. That was worth doing all of them.”
Black’s The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Naked Truth tour hits Austin’s Paramount Theatre this September.