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Edgy ‘commentator on everything’ funnyman Lewis Black coming to Louisville Palace March 10

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Self-dubbed “America’s foremost commentator on everything,” funnyman Lewis Black will bring his rants and raves to the Louisville Palace at 8 p.m., March 10; doors open at 7 p.m.

The comedian, actor and playwright was born Aug. 30, 1948, in Silver Spring, Maryland. Most people know Black as the comedic king of the rant, artfully skewering anything he sees — usually of the political variety. The son of an engineer and a teacher, he became interested in theater while in high school. To pursue this interest, he attended the University of North Carolina in the late 1960s, where he began writing plays. Black later went to the prestigious Yale School of Drama, graduating with a master’s degree in 1977.

After Yale, Black became the playwright-in-residence and artistic director of the West Bank Cafe Downstairs Theater Bar in New York City. His trademark dark humor and volatile stand-up stage persona was honed by serving as a warm-up act for the theater’s productions, some of which he wrote himself. By the mid-1980s, Black was a comedian on the rise. He even tried his hand at a television series with the 1986 pilot The Rock, which was based on his stand-up routine.

Black’s career exploded in the late 1990s when he became a guest commentator on the humorous news show The Daily Show. His success on the show led to numerous stand-up specials, including Black on Broadway and Red, White, and Screwed for HBO. During his long career, Black has won many awards, including a Grammy for Best Comedy Album for The Carnegie Hall Performance.

During his long career, Black has won many awards, including a 1998 Drama Desk Award for Black Humor and a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album for The Carnegie Hall Performance in 2007.

Black continues to tour heavily, playing countless dates each year to the delight of his fans. He found time in his hectic schedule to appear in the comedy Unaccompanied Minors and the political drama Man of the Year with Robin Williams in 2006. Around that time, Black also lent his gravelly voice to the animated films The Happy Elf (2005) and Farce of the Penguins (2006).

Tickets range from $25 to $65. Service charges are not included and tickets are subject to price increases. They may be purchased at LouisvillePalace.com or at The Louisville Palace Box Office, 625 South Fourth Street. For premium seats, lounge access, parking and more contact MindyGoff@livenation.com via email or call (502) 883-5804. n