Lewis Black comes to Pantages Theater

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Acerbic comedian Lewis Black is coming to Tacoma’s Pantages Theater Jan. 12. Photo courtesy of Lewis Black.

Following the highly successful 2018’s “The Joke’s on Us” tour, Lewis Black has added spring 2019 dates to the tour, including a performance at Tacoma’s historic Pantages Theater on Saturday, Jan. 12, 8 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. This event is presented by Live Nation Entertainment.

Black is a Grammy Award-winning, stand-up comedian who is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as a stand-up comedian, actor and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs more than 200 nights annually, to sold-out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. He is one of a few performers to sell out multiple renowned theaters, including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City Center, the Main Stage at the Mirage in Las Vegas and most recently, a sold-out Broadway run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City.

His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is a passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than a mean-spirited curmudgeon. Black is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.

Black came into national prominence with his appearances on “The Daily Show” in 1996. Those appearances led to comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime and Epix. In 2001, he won Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards. He has released eight comedy albums, including the 2007 Grammy Award-winning “The Carnegie Hall Performance.” He won his second Grammy Award for his album “Stark Raving Black” and has published three bestselling books: “Nothing’s Sacred” (Simon & Schuster, 2005), “Me of Little Faith” (Riverhead Books, 2008) and “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas” (Riverhead Books, 2010). In 2012, he performed eight sell-out shows at Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway as well as did one of his two HBO Specials “Black on Broadway.” In 2015, Black notably voiced the character “Anger” in the Academy Award winning film from Pixar, “Inside Out.”

Additionally, Black does a live streaming show called “The Rant is Due” at the end of each tour performance. Viewers are encouraged to submit rants, questions or suggestions for rants on the show’s unique viewer and submission platform. From hate for pickles to disdain for online dating, this show channels the rage of 300 million neighbors and truly has something for everybody. The show is free to anyone; however, members of Black’s official fan club have exclusive access to the over 70+ hours of “The Rant is Due” video archives. All members also have ticket privileges for premium seating and meet and greet opportunities.

Tickets for “The Joke’s on Us” tour start at $45. To purchase tickets, call the Tacoma Arts Live box office at (253) 591-5894, toll-free at 1 (800) 291-7593, online at TacomaArtsLive.org, or in person at 901 Broadway in Tacoma’s Theater District.

The cornerstone of Tacoma’s Historic Theater District since 1979, Tacoma Arts Live’s mission is to energize the community through live performance. Tacoma Arts Live is a non-profit organization recognized for leadership in presenting world-class performing artists, providing one of the largest arts education programs in Washington State, and preserving Tacoma’s historic theaters. Learn more at TacomaArtsLive.org.

Follow Lewis Black on: Facebook:  facebook.com/thelewisblack; Twitter:  twitter.com/TheLewisBlack; Instagram:  instagram.com/the_lewis_black

For more information visit www.lewisblack.com.

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