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Lewis Black, Minus the Expletives, on God, Religion

Comedian Lewis Black visited NPR's studio 4A and weighed in on God, gurus and the meaning of life.
Comedian Lewis Black visited NPR's studio 4A and weighed in on God, gurus and the meaning of life.
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Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian, author, playwright and actor Lewis Black is not — as anyone who has seen his routines on Comedy Central and elsewhere might guess — a big fan of organized religion. But he does believe in God — or, at least, that there is something out there.

"I'm not sure it will make sense," Black says, "but I do know there has got to be something out there — and I am calling it glue."

In a conversation with Neal Conan, Black discusses his take on various religions and his spiritual quest, which he chronicles in his latest book, Me of Little Faith.

The usually foul-mouthed comedian — who abstained from cursing during this interview — says he finds a lot of similarities between comedy and religion.

"They both take place on the weekends, and both of them have a certain call and response. And I think laughter, in the end, provides a comfort for people," he says.

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