A Comedy Central show in which two people, pop-culture phenomena, objects or whatever else are put on "trial" to determine which is the titular Root of All Evil (of that week). Examples; Kim Jong-il vs. Tila Tequila, Beer vs. Weed, Oprah vs. the Catholic Church, Disney vs. Scientology.
The format of the show is Lewis Black playing the "judge" of the court and two rotating comedians play "lawyers", each arguing that the other's subject is more evil than their own.
Not to be confused with the documentary by Richard Dawkins, The Root of All Evil?.
- Butt-Monkey: The late Greg Giraldo appeared in nine episodes, and only came away with a grand total of two wins during the show's run. Ironic when you consider he was a lawyer in real life before quitting to do stand-up comedy full-time. Then again, many other comedians started outside of show business.
- Self-Deprecation: In the episode "Dick Cheney vs. Paris Hilton", when describing things that are less popular than Dick Cheney, Patton Oswalt named Lyme disease, getting your bike stolen, vampires who need to suck blood of humans to survive and me shirtless as the options.
- Take a Third Option: Done at least once.