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Graduated from University of North Carolina and Yale University
Grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Had a younger brother named Ronald, who died of lung cancer in his 40s sometime in the mid 1990s.
Once co-owned a theater in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Went to University of Maryland his freshman year.
Once worked for the Appalachian Regional Commission under President Nixon.
Graduated from Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Once worked for the Silver Spring Post Office.
His father, Sam, was a mechanical engineer who built sea mines for the government during World War II and the Vietnam War. He quit ten years earlier than he had planned after reading the Geneva Accord and deciding there was no justification for the United States occupation of Vietnam. He then dedicated his life full-time to art, mostly stained glass and painting. He was also the one who introduced his son to theater and play writing, two things that defined Lewis Black's artistic endeavors long before stand-up comedy.
He has written 40 plays.
His mother, Jeannette, taught math in an all-black high school in Washington, D.C. She quit after the administration told her to stop straying from the rigid curriculum, wherein there were no real practical applications for students, many of whom were not going to college.
Attended the Yale School of Drama.
Played basketball in high school.
Is a member of Pi Lambda Phi fraternity.