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Article Published: Feb. 2, 2012 | Modified: Feb. 9, 2012
Back in Black

Comedian Lewis Black returns to Boone Feb. 9, promising a show filled with all new material.

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Most comedians are vocal.

But Lewis Black is more than vocal.

The standup comedian, actor and author is known for his impassioned – and oftentimes steaming – views on America, its politics and current state of affairs.

Described in his bio as “a passionate performer who is more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, ... Lewis yells so (fans) don’t have to.”

Black’s performances are described as cathartic – for both him and the audience, which was the case with his 2010 performance at Appalachian State University.

Now, he’s back for more.

Black will perform Thursday, Feb. 9, at ASU’s Farthing Auditorium. While his previous performance was limited to Appalachian students, faculty and staff, this outing is open to the general public, and tickets are still available.

Furthermore, the performance comes per Black’s request, and he’s promising all new material.
“He loved Boone and the response,” said Randy Kelly, student services specialist with Appalachian Student Programs.

Apparently, Black developed a taste for the High Country – literally.

“He really loved the barbecue and sauce from Woodland’s that we catered backstage,” Kelly said. “He and his crew scarfed it up and took all the leftovers back on the bus … and ate for another couple of days.”

Black maintains residences in both Manhattan and Chapel Hill, meaning a casual trip back was never out of the question.

“He reportedly came back to Woodland’s with a friend and was bombarded by locals about the ‘closed’ show and how they wished they could have come to see him,” Kelly said. “Whether true or not, I got a call from his agent that Lewis felt bad about the ‘closed’ show and requested that we consider bringing him back to the whole community, and for a reduced ticket price, similar to the previous date.

“Even though the first show sold out quickly, Lewis estimated that in this economy, patrons might have to make a decision on whether to come twice, so he promises ‘all new material.’”

Student Programs’ concert council overwhelmingly agreed, Kelly said, despite the “controversial” nature of the previous show.

“His last show was probably the first ‘controversial’ national comedian presented in the area in recent memory,” Kelly said. “In fact, I got emails from one person ‘hoping that we would present the opposing viewpoint to his liberal agenda’ in a future artist. When we were lucky enough to land (comedian) Ron White, I guess this person was mollified.”

With Black’s return performance, so is the community. Kelly said the response from both the university and local community has been overwhelming, and that Black’s to thank for actively pursuing another performance.

Lewis Black performs Thursday, Feb.9, at 8 p.m. at Farthing Auditorium at 733 Rivers St. on the ASU campus in Boone. Tickets cost $25 for the general public and $15 for ASU students in advance.

They’re available by calling the Farthing box office at (800) 841-2787 or by visiting

About Lewis Black

According to his official bio, Lewis Black fell in love with theater when he was 12, prompting him to pursue degrees in drama from the University of North Carolina and Yale Drama School, even performing standup at the Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill.

He caught the nation’s eye in 1996, when he began filming “Back in Black,” a regular segment for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” on which he still appears.

This led to other opportunities, including four specials for “Comedy Central Presents” and a game show, “Lewis Black’s The Root of All Evil.”

He’s recorded nine albums and has won two Grammy awards, along with Best Male Stand-Up at the 2001 American Comedy Awards. Apart from his television accolades, Black has also appeared in several films, including “Man of the Year” and “Farce of the Penguins.”

He’s also the author of three best-selling books: “Nothing’s Sacred,” “Me of Little Faith” and “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas.”

For more information on Lewis Black, visit

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