"Mostly if something makes me angry, I start yelling about it," he said of selecting material for his show. "I'll do it once and if it's not funny, I'll try it again and if it's kinda funny, I'll try it again. Then if it doesn't really stick with me and doesn't feel like it's going somewhere, I'll put it aside."
As for his spots on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show," Black says that honestly is pure acting.
"It's really Jon's show and I'm part of it. They tell me, 'Here's what we're going to do,' and they write it up on the basis of that. Then I kind of help rewrite it depending on what it is."
Black said material for that show isn't necessarily something he chooses and the only time he might protest is if it were really contradictory to his character.
"There was a time when they had a producer who was a f--ing idiot," he said, "so some of the stuff written in part wasn't really me."
Black was headed to a career in theater and writing plays when he started doing standup and found he liked it.
"It's really what caught on," he said. "I was trying to get plays done, but the theater wasn't for me a very hospitable place."
His parents, now 94 and 95, didn't understand his career path.
His mom was a teacher and his dad an engineer.
"My mother thought I was one step away from a psychiatric problem," he said. For the record, though, he says both of them cussed, so there are no language surprises when they catch his colorful rants.
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
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