- Lewis Black
Event on 2014-11-21 19:30:00
The Rant is Due
The comedic King of Rant is back with his trademark dark humor in an all-new show!
Lewis Black is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs over 200 nights a year to sold-out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and The United States. His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. Lewis yells so they dont have to. A passionate performer who is more ticked-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves silly while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.
Born in Washington, D.C., Lewis was colicky as a baby; it seems he was destined to be angry and easily irritated. His mother, a teacher, and his father, a mechanical engineer, instilled in both Lewis and his younger brother, Ron, the importance of education and the necessity to question authority; lessons which have influenced Lewis throughout his private and professional life. When Lewis was 12, his father took him to his first play and he quickly fell in love with the theatre. This ultimately led Lewis to pursue a career in drama earning degrees from the University of North Carolina and Yale Drama School. During his tenure at UNC, Lewis first ventured into stand-up, performing at Cats Cradle in Chapel Hill. Stand-up continued to be a steady presence as he pursued his career in theatre.
Eventually settling in New York City, he became the playwright-in-residence at the West Bank Cafs Downstairs Theatre Bar. Lewis oversaw the development of more than 1,000 plays, including works by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, American Beauty writer Alan Ball as well as his own original works.
In 1996, his friend Lizz Winstead tapped him to create a weekly segment for The Daily Show on Comedy Central. The segment, a three-minute rant about whatever was bothering him at the moment, evolved into Back in Black and became one of the most popular and longest running segments on the show. Since then, Lewis has taped four specials for the Comedy Central Presents series, co-created Last Laugh with Lewis Black, presided over Lewis Blacks The Root of All Evil, and continues to perform Back in Black on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Lewis first CD, The White Album, was released in 2000 to much critical acclaim and was followed up with eight more. He has been graced with four Grammy nominations, garnering two wins and has filmed two specials for HBO, Black On Broadway and the Emmy-nominated Red, White and Screwed. Lewis is also a much sought after guest for several late-night television shows, including Larry King Live, Late Night with Conan OBrian and The Late Show with David Letterman. Hes had numerous, memorable appearances on CNN and is particularly happy to have contributed to MSNBCs Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
As an author, Lewis has written three New York Times Best-Sellers, Nothings Sacred, Me of Little Faith and Im Dreaming of a Black Christmas and has penned over 40 plays.
Lewis is dedicated to a number of charitable organizations including the 52nd Street Project, the Rusty Magee Clinic for Families and Health, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Autism Speaks. At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, he established the William Foeller Fellowship, having taught and performed at the festival for more than a decade. Lewis also supports our military personnel and toured several Middle East and European military bases with Robin Williams in December 2007 and hopes to return soon.
Today Lewis maintains residences in both Manhattan and Chapel Hill, NC. Still loyal to his alma mater, hes worked with UNC students to create the annual Carolina Comedy Festival on the UNC campus. With his involvement at UNC, Lewis continues a life-long commitment to education and the arts.
In his leisure time, Lewis likes to play golf, even though golf hates him.
Groups of 10 or more get 10% off! Call the Box Office at 717-846-1111 to place group orders.
at Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center
50 North George Street
York, United States
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Event on 2014-05-11 00:01:00
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