The Joke’s On US Tour
Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 8PM at the Garde Arts Center
One of the most prolific and popular performers working today, stand-up, actor and author Lewis Black has performed for audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. In 2012, he performed eight sell-out shows at Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway.
Known as the king of the rant, Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world.
In 1996, he created a weekly three-minute rant segment for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” which evolved, one of the most popular and longest-running segments on the show and with his four specials for the “Comedy Central Presents” series helped win him Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards in 2001.
Black has released nine CDs that have received five Grammy® nominations and two wins for the Best Comedy Album. He has filmed two specials for HBO, one of which was nominated for an Emmy® in 2007. He had a regular feature for two seasons on “Inside the NFL”, for which he earned a Sports Emmy. He has filmed two feature length concert films and has appeared on “Larry King Live,” and late night shows hosted by Piers Morgan, Jimmy Fallon, David Letterman, Conan O’ Brian and Craig Ferguson. Black has written three best-selling books and more than 40 plays., many of which have been produced around the country, including at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
Black has appeared in films, co-starring with Robin Williams in Barry Levinson’s “Man of the Year” (Universal Pictures), as well as roles Steve Pink’s “Accepted”, and Paul Feig’s “Unaccompanied Minors.” In 2015, Black notably voiced the character “Anger” in the Academy Award winning film from Pixar, “Inside Out.”
Black is a strong supporter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Autism Speaks and was honored by The Brady Center for his commitment to ending gun violence. He was honored by the ACLU of Georgia with their National Civil Liberties Award and also has performed in three USO tours, visiting several Middle Eastern and European military bases.