Comedian Lewis Black rants at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on May 7
From a press release:
One of the country’s foremost political comedians, Lewis Black‘s trademark style is an angry boil that builds to a full-on shouting rant; his frustration with politics and society drive him from frustration to rage that will be on full display at the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 8 p.m.
Though Black came to stand-up later in life, he quickly became one of the biggest comics of his generation. Like George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Bill Hicks before him, Black is fed up with the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world, and his comedy is devoted to preaching that gospel to the unsuspecting masses.
While he had a series of acting jobs throughout his career, during the ’90s he developed a strong presence on the road, playing some 250-odd dates a year – a lifestyle he grew accustomed to.
In 1996, Black joined “The Daily Show,” but his prominence on the show increased after Jon Stewart took over in 1999, and particularly after his participation in Indecision 2000 – their satirical coverage of the bungled 2000 presidential election. His popularity continued to rise alongside the show’s, and his “Back in Black” segments skewered everything under the sun, from the immigration debate and violent video games to the Greek Olympic Games and the FCC’s handling of Janet Jackson’s bare breast – nothing escaped his sharp, punctuating satire.
Though he maintained regular appearances on “The Daily Show,” Black continued his grueling stand-up schedule but found himself playing to larger audiences around the country virtually overnight. Thanks to his widespread appeal, he began spreading his wings a bit more, showing up in guest roles on TV shows and appearing in major motion pictures, releasing a series of books and HBO and Comedy Central specials all while continuing to entertain sold-out audiences around the country.
His first CD, “The White Album,” was released in 2000 to much critical acclaim. Lewis followed with eight more, with six under the Comedy Central Records label. He has been graced with five Grammy nominations and two wins for his work. The first nomination came in 2006 for “Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues” and the second was in 2009 for “Anticipation.” In 2007, he won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album for “The Carnegie Hall Performance,” and in 2011, his second for “Stark Raving Black.” His most recent release, “In God We Rust,” was nominated for a Grammy.