Lewis Black tells a TERRIBLE joke for the Arctic

by Cassady Craighill

February 10, 2015

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy-- Comedian Lewis Black performs as part of a USO holiday show held for the Aviano community, Dec. 22, 2007. Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Aviano early Saturday afternoon from down range, bringing entertainers and celebrities Robin Williams, Lewis Black, Kid Rock, Lance Armstrong, Rachel Smith, the reigning Miss USA, and Ronan Tynan an Irish Tennor on the Chairman's United Service Organizations Holiday tour. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tabitha M. Mans)

Airman 1st Class Tabitha M. Mans

Why is Lewis Black telling really bad jokes?

Black is joining fellow funny peeps Michael Showalter and Shalyah Evans for Greenpeace’s #WorstJoke campaign, a celebration of corny, facepalming-jokes launched to raise awareness of how remarkably unfunny Arctic drilling is.

Despite Shell Oil’s unbelievable blunders in the Arctic after sinking $6 billion into the project, the very idea of drilling for more of the oil causing rapid Arctic melt and global climate change in the first place is just twisted.

Lewis Black’s joke is truly terrible. But Arctic drilling is even worse.

Shell Oil announced last week that, if granted federal approval, it plans to drill in the Alaskan Arctic this summer. The company plans to proceed despite thewarnings from experts around the worldthat it would be catastrophic for the climate. Shells 2012 Arctic drilling attempt resulted in a series of failures including a disastrous incident with its drilling rig the Kulluk, a condemning report from the Coast Guard, and Shells contractor Noble Drilling pleading guilty to eight felonies.

Michael Showalter of Wet Hot American Summer and The State, comedian Lewis Black, and Shalyah Evans of MTVS Girl Code joined hundreds of participants sharing their jokes on worstjoke.org as well as their own social networks.

The #WorstJoke project will continue in the US throughout February, as Greenpeace and the other participants challenge their friends to upload their own joke videos to their favorite social media platforms. Participants can also use the worstjoke.org joke generator, and sign Greenpeaces petition to President Obama to cancel Shells Arctic drilling leases.

Share your worst joke now and join the global movement to save the Arctic!

Cassady Craighill

By Cassady Craighill

Cassady is a media officer for Greenpeace USA based on the East Coast. She covers climate change and energy, particularly how both issues relate to the Trump administration.

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