"America's Foremost Commentator on Everything" Lewis Black to Perform at UB

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: October 2, 2003 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present a performance by Lewis Black at 8 p.m. on Oct. 29 in the Mainstage Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus. Sponsors for the event are the UB undergraduate Student Association and WBUF-FM.

Black has found a home on the stage as an actor, playwright and stand-up comedian. Known as "America's Foremost Commentator on Everything," he is a graduate of the prestigious Yale School of Drama and has performed his social and political comedy, for which he has received critical acclaim, throughout Europe and America.

He is best known for his weekly political commentaries on Comedy Central's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, on his regular segment "Back in Black" and has starred in two half-hour comedy specials for the network. In addition, Black was a regular contributor to Comedy Central's famed "Indecision 2000" election coverage. As a stand-up comedian he has performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and opened for Ray Charles, Gladys Knight, The Band, Chicago and Harry Belafonte. Black also received the award for "Best Stand Up" by The American Comedy Awards in 2001.

As an actor, Black has appeared in such films as "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Jacob's Ladder." Black's television credits include: guest star spots on "Homicide," "Mad About You," "The Murphy Brown Show," and "The Conan O'Brien Show." As a playwright he has authored more than 40 plays that have been produced in theaters across the country. He continues to spend his summers acting and teaching at the legendary Williamstown Theatre Festival, the premier summer repertory theatre and artistic retreat.

Tickets for Lewis Black are $25; UB students save $7. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Center for the Arts Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including Kaufmann's. To charge tickets, call 852-5000; in Canada 1-416-870-8000. For group sales, call 645-6771. For more information call 645-ARTS. The Center for the Arts is a TicketFast location.