Lewis Black: Writer, Comedian, Actor

The National Comedy Center and Chautauqua Institution present

Lewis Black: Writer, Comedian, Actor

Mon, July 31, 2017

10:45 am

Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater

Lewis Black joins the Comedy and the Human Condition lecture series produced in partnership with the National Comedy Center and Chautauqua Institution. 

The five-day lecture series will include:

  • Exploring the politics of comedy and political satire — comedy often serves as our greatest mirror, a unique conduit of truth.
  • Venturing into the writers’ room for insight into the craft of comedy for television and film.
  • Traveling the globe to see if there is such a thing as “universally funny”
  • Discussing when has a joke gone too far? We consider issues of free speech and ask, “Is there such a thing as too offensive?”

Lewis Black

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Known as the king of the rant, Lewis Black has performed for audiences throughout the world, making people laugh at the absurdities of life and covering topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world.

Black is the author of three books and more than 40 plays. In the 1980s, Black was playwright-in-residence at the West Bank Café’s Downstairs Theatre Bar, where he oversaw the development of more than 1,000 plays, including works by Aaron Sorkin, Alan Ball, as well as his own original works.

In 1996, Black was tapped to create a weekly segment for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” The segment, a three-minute rant about whatever was bothering him at the moment, evolved into Back in Black, becoming one of the most popular and longest-running segments on the show.

Black has released nine albums, received five Grammy nominations and two wins for his work.

Black’s prolific television work includes appearing on CNN and MSNBC, “Inside the NFL,” (for which he earned a Sports Emmy) and acting in the ABC mini-series “Madoff.” He has also taped four specials for the “Comedy Central Presents” series and filmed two specials for HBO, including “Red, White and Screwed,” which was nominated for an Emmy.

Black is involved in numerous charities and nonprofits, and was honored by The Brady Center for his commitment to ending gun violence. In 2012, he was honored by the ACLU of Georgia with their National Civil Liberties Award. At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, he established the William Foeller Fellowship. Additionally, Black also has performed in three tours with the USO, visiting several Middle Eastern and European military bases.

Black is a graduate of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Yale Drama School.
Venue Information:
Chautauqua Institution Amphitheater
One Ames Avenue
Chautauqua, NY, 14722
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