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Lewis Black Comes to Penn State York April 22

Lewis Black
3/23/2007 —

"America's Foremost Commentator on Everything," Lewis Black, will visit Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center (Pullo Center) on Sunday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. to share his special form of humor.  Penn State York students, faculty, and staff can purchase tickets now with tickets on sale to the general public Monday, March 26.

Listen to a short clip from Lewis Black [1.84M mp3]

Black is a weekly political commentator on, COMEDY Central’s "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and has starred in comedy specials for the network. As a stand-up comedian, he has performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, The Montreal International Comedy Festival, The Irish Comedy Festival in Kilkenny, Ireland; and Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, Black has found a home on the stage as an actor, playwright, and stand-up comedian. He has performed his caustic, cranky, bile-spewing, dead-on social and political comedy throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the United States.

Black is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. As a playwright he has authored more than 40 plays that have been produced in theatres across the country, including "Czar of Rock and Roll" (Alley Theatre) and "Crossing the Crab Nebula" (The Alliance Theater), which was later produced in New York at the Ensemble Theatre starring Terri Garr. In addition, Black co-wrote and performed, "The Laundry Hour" with Mark Linn Baker (Joseph Papp's Public Theatre). His theatre credits include "Indians" (McCarter Theatre), "Self-Defense" (Long Wharf Theatre), "Our Father" (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and "Dead End" and "Johnny-on-the-Spot" (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Lewis has spent many a summer acting and teaching stand-up as an artist in residence at the legendary Williamstown Theatre Festival. He lends his teaching and playwriting talents to the Tampa University Arts Festival, and he is developing a comedy festival at his alma mater, North Carolina University at Chapel Hill. In 2005 Garry Marshall's Falcon Theatre in Los Angeles produced Black’s play, "One Slight Hitch."

As an actor, Black has appeared in such films as "Jacob's Ladder," "The Hard Way," "The Night We Never Met," and Woody Allen's "Hannah and Her Sisters." Currently Lewis stars In "Accepted" (Universal, summer 2006). He co-stars with Wilmer Valderrama ("That 70's Show") in "Unaccompanied Minors" (Warner Brothers, Christmas 2006), and co-stars with Robin Williams in "Man of the Year" (Christmas 2006) directed by Barry Levinson.

His television acting credits include, "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd," "Homicide," "Mad About You" and "Law and Order." Lewis has been featured on CBS Sports' "NFL Today" and the Final Four coverage. He is also a regular guest on "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."

Black received the award for "Best Male Stand Up" by The American Comedy Awards in 2001. In 2004 he was recognized by The Pollstar Awards for his blockbuster comedy tour, "Rules of Enragement." In 2006 he received a Grammy nomination for his comedy CD of the same name.

A milestone for Black was starring in a one-hour stand-up special for HBO, "Black on Broadway," which was also a successful DVD release. His second HBO special from the Warner Theater, in Washington DC, "Red, White and Screwed" aired June, 2006. He authored his first book, Nothing's Sacred (April 2005 Simon and Schuster) which debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List.

Black works as a professional mentor with the 52nd Street Project teaching inner city youth. He also raises money for several scholarship programs including The William Foeller Scholarship at Williamstown Theatre Festival where he also teaches. He is also active in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Tickets, which are $49 to the general public, can be purchased by calling (717) 505-8900 or (866) 468-7619 or at ticketweb.com beginning March 26.  Penn State York students can purchase one ticket at a special price of $29 for the first 250 students and $39 for the next 200 students and these tickets are available only in the box office at the Pullo Center.  Faculty and staff may also purchase tickets now through the box office at $49.  Box office hours are Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Mark your calendar now for Friday, April 6 at 8 p.m. when Cirque Dreams, Jungle Fantasy comes to the Pullo Center.   Tickets are on sale now.  Check out other performances at Penn State York's Pullo Family Performing Arts Center by visiting http://www.pullocenter.yk.psu.edu/.  The Pullo Center has seating for more than 1,000 and offers full theater capabilities.

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