Black, who follows last Friday’s performance by comedienne Lisa Lampanelli, brings a more topical brand of comedy to the hotel-casino. With jokes that tend to poke fun at absurdity in society, politics and religion, Black will give audience members something to think about after the laughs are long gone.
In 2006, Black filmed a comedy special with HBO called “Red, White and Screwed,” which was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Black’s use of profanity threw the production of the uncensored comedy special into a spiral when the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Art’s in Washington D.C. asked that Black not perform there.
Relocated to the Warner Theater, Black bashed former President George W. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney and the craziness that is airport security. Yet, Black was not done there; he poked fun at religion, 24-hour cable news networks and even evolution.
Black takes the stage at the Warner Theater in a suit, something that would resemble the average Wall Street stockbroker or lawyer, bringing classic style to the stage before grilling the U.S. government.
“I should have known earlier about President Bush, but I gave him some rope,” Black said in the HBO special. “A lot of rope and then he hung all of us with it.
“I should have known when I heard him say that when it comes to evolution, the jury’s still out,” Black continued. “What jury, where? The Scopes trial is over. I never thought that in the course of my life that a president would be elected who did not believe in evolution or at least the ballpark of it. Or at least that, hmmm, maybe it’s got some merit.
“But no, he believes the Earth was formed in seven days and why does he believe that?” Black asked. “Because he read it in the Old Testament, which is the book of my people, the Jewish people, and that book wasn’t good enough for you Christians.”
The crowd erupts in cheers and laughs at Black’s use of obvious comedy to point out the absurdity in Bush’s logic, religion’s intertwined web and the debate in Little Rock, Ark. about evolution.
Black, who grew up on the East Coast, started his career in comedy in the early 1980s after receiving college degrees in drama from the University of North Carolina and Yale Drama School. Putting his college education to good use, Black settled in New York and became the playwright-in-residence at the West Bank Café’s Downstairs Theatre Bar.
In 1996, Black’s friend, Lizz Winstead, asked him to help produce a weekly segment with a small cable TV show at the time, called The Daily Show. Still a part for the nightly show on Comedy Central, the weekly segment is called “Back In Black.” In the segment, Black uses his successful brand of humor to bring to the forefront whatever is bugging him at that point in time.
On last week’s segment, Black addressed the nations confusion with President Barack Obama’s purposed health care reform.
“I’ve always had a great health care plan,” Black said. “I plan to some day care about my health. But I was all ready to support President Obama’s health care reform until I saw these incredibly convincing arguments against it.”
The segment cuts from Black to CSPAN coverage of Rep. Louie Gohmet, R-Texas, explaining that he knows about the Canadian health care system and that the “socialized piece of crap up there gives them a generalized source of care.” Gohment then said: “One in five people have to die because they went to socialized medicine.”
Cut to Black:
“I’ve got bad news for you,” Black rebuts. “Five out of five people are going to die, anyway.
“Now I know that was supposed to scare me, but all I heard was socialized medicine means less traffic,” Black chuckles as the audience laughs and applauds.
Since getting his foot in the door at Comedy Central, Black has recorded four stand-up specials for the network under its “Comedy Central Presents ... ” title and in 2007, he started his own weekly TV show called “Lewis Black’s the Root of All Evil,” on which other comedians argue what is worse for society in a this vs. that style of debate.
In 2007, Black won a Grammy for best comedy performance for his recording “The Carnegie Hall Performance.”
In addition to comedy special, Grammy awards and TV appearances, Black was a busy man in 2006 when he appeared in the movies “Man of the Year,” “Accepted,” “Farce of the Penguins” and “Unaccompanied Minors.”
Black also authored “Nothing Sacred” in 2005 and “Me of Little Faith” in 2008. In “Me of Little Faith,” Black explores his relationship with religion and asks readers to as well.
To laugh along with Black’s form of observational and intellectual humor, tickets can be purchased for $55, $60 and $65. Tickets can be bought by visiting www.silverlegacy.com and www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-MUST-SEE or 325-7401 or by visiting the Silver Legacy box office.
Black will perform Friday at 8 p.m. in the Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall. This is an 18-and-over event.
For more information about Black, visit www.lewisblack.com.