In the Black
Lewis Black will perform Feb. 9, 2012, at 8 p.m. in Farthing Auditorium on the Appalachian State University campus.
Black is a successful stand-up comedian, actor and author. He has performed for audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand and the United States and is one of a few performers to sell out multiple renowned theatres including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. He was the first stand-up comedian to perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
Black fell in love with theater at the age of 12 and pursued degrees in drama from the University of North Carolina and Yale Drama School. While at UNC, he ventured into stand-up and performed at Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill. His career in theatre began at the West Bank Café’s Downstairs Theatre Bar in New York City, where he became the playwright-in-residence and oversaw the development of the more than 1,000 plays.
In 1996, Black began filming a three-minute segment for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” called “Back in Black.”
Since then, he has taped four specials for the Comedy Central Presents series, co-created “Last Laugh with Lewis Black,” presided over “Lewis Black’s The Root of All Evil” and continues to perform “Back in Black” on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
His popular appearances on Comedy Central helped him to win Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards in 2001. Black has also recorded nine records and won two Grammy Awards for his work.
Black has appeared on several television shows, including “Larry King Live,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brian” and the “Late Show with David Letterman,” and has appeared in movies, including “Man of the Year,” “Accepted,” “Unaccompanied Minors” and “Farce of the Penguins.”
He has also written three best-selling books: “Nothing’s Sacred” (2005), “Me of Little Faith” (2008) and “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas” (2010).
Black is also dedicated to several charitable organizations, including the 52nd Street Project, Rusty Magee Clinic for Families and Health, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Autism Speaks. He currently maintains residences in Manhattan and Chapel Hill and has worked with UNC students to create the Carolina Comedy Festival on the UNC campus where he continues his commitment to education and the arts.
For more information about Black’s performance, visit http://www.pas.appstate.edu or call (828) 262-4046.
Tickets can be purchased at the Farthing Auditorium box office or online at http://www.pas.appstate.edu. Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for the public and at the door.