One of America’s most prolific and popular performers working today, LEWIS BLACK executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author. On Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Cohan Center, LEWIS BLACK returns to the Central Coast with his all-new “The Rant is Due” tour.  Black’s live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience – he yells so they don’t have to.

Cal Poly Arts presents the comedian’s encore Central Coast engagement as the first show of their new 2013-14 Cal Poly Arts season.

Receiving critical acclaim, Black performs over 200 nights a year to sold-out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. He is one of few performers to sell out multiple renowned theatres, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City Center and the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. In August 2007, he was the first stand-up comedian to ever perform in concert at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.

In 1996, he was tapped to create a weekly segment for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” The segment – a three minute rant about whatever was bothering him at the moment – evolved into “Back in Black;” it remains one of the most popular and longest-running segments on the show. Since then, Black 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 his popular appearances on Comedy Central helped to win him Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards in 2001.

Increased exposure from “The Daily Show” and his sold-out stand-up engagements eventually generated numerous record deals.  He has been graced with four Grammy nominations and two wins for his work: 2007’s Best Comedy Album for The Carnegie Hall Performance and again in 2011, for Stark Raving Black. Having developed a strong relationship with HBO, he’s filmed two specials: Black On Broadway and Red, White and Screwed.

A much sought-after guest for several late-night television shows, Black was seen on “Larry King Live,” is a frequent guest on “Late Night with Conan O’Brian,” and has appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” He’s had numerous, memorable appearances on CNN and is particularly happy to have contributed to MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.”

In the midst of a rigorous touring schedule, regular TV appearances and movie roles, Black has written three books, all having garnered critical praise as well as commercial success, spending numerous weeks on The New York Times best-seller list.

Tickets for the performance range from $52 to $82 and may be purchased in advance at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, Tuesday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m, located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus.  The Ticket Office is also open as of noon on all performance days.

TICKETS: 805/756-4TIX (4849) or order online at www.calpolyarts.org.

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