Comedian Lewis Black comes to Joan C. Edwards Playhouse at Marshall

Updated 3 years ago by Angela Jones, Marshall Artists Series

Huntington, WV – Comedian and social critic Lewis Black is taking the stage at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse Saturday, October 8 @ 8:00 p.m.  This Grammy Award winner is coming to Huntington, WV for his “The Emperor’s New Clothes – The Naked Truth Tour” to give us belly-aching laughs and entertain us with his wit and grumpy optimism.


Being colicky as an infant, it was no surprise when Black grew up being angry and easily irritated. Although these may not seem like positive qualities to others, these attributes led to making Black one of the most successful comedians of our generation.

After falling in love with the theatre at age 12, Lewis Black pursued a career in drama. Degrees followed from the University of North Carolina and Yale Drama School, with a stint in Colorado owning a theatre with a group of friends in the interim. During his tenure at UNC, Black ventured into stand-up, performing at Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill. Stand-up was a steady presence as he pursued his career in theatre.

After residing in New York City, Black became the playwright-in-residence at the West Bank Café’s Downstairs Theatre Bar. He oversaw the development of more than 1,000 plays, including works by “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin, “American Beauty” writer Alan Ball, as well as his own original works. In addition to overseeing the works on stage, Black emceed every show. As the West Bank grew, so did Black’s stand-up skills and his love for it. He left the West Bank in the late 1980s to pursue stand-up full time, kick starting his career.

In 2001, Lewis Black was awardedBest Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards for his several appearances on Comedy Central, which included his segments on “The Daily Show,” dealing with rants on whatever was agitating for him that day. Black’s grumpy charm, and his ongoing development on Comedy Central, led him to a record deal with Stand Up! Records.

“The White Album,” was released in 2000 to critical acclaim. Black followed with eight more—six under the Comedy Central Records label. He has received five Grammy® nominations and two wins for his work. The first nomination came in 2006 for “Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues,” the second in 2009 for “Anticipation.” In 2007 he won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album for “The Carnegie Hall Performance,” and again in 2011 for “Stark Raving Black.” His 2012 release, “In God We Rust” (Comedy Central Records) was also nominated for a Grammy.

On top of having numerous record deals, Lewis Black has had appearances on “Larry King Live,” “Piers Morgan Tonight,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” and many more. With Black’s vigorous schedule and touring for standup, he regularly makes appearances on TV shows and partakes in movie roles.

Black is also an author of three best-selling books: “Nothing’s Sacred” (Simon and Schuster, 2005), “Me of Little Faith” (Riverhead Books, 2008) and “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas” (Riverhead Books, 2010). All of which spent time on theNew York Times best sellers list. Black’s passion for making us laugh with his adult-based content continues to bring amusement to audiences today.

Tickets for Lewis Black are $66.06. To see this Grammy Award winning standup comedian contact the Marshall Artists Series Box Office at 304-696-6656. Or order tickets online at You may also visit our box office located in the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse on the Marshall University campus. Box office hours are Monday through Friday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Lewis Black is sponsored by CSX, Steptoe & Johnson, Nelson Mullins, AEP, Brickstreet Insurance, Farrell White and Legg, NRP, KEE 100, WAMX, WSAZ, The Herald Dispatch, Marshall University, and The Marshall Artists Series.

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