Ranting to the next generation

February 27, 2003

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Lewis Black is known to many as "America's foremost commentator on everything." His satirical, comedic commentary on the perils of everyday life can be seen every Wednesday night on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" on cable's Comedy Central. On March 4 at 7 p.m., the University of Wisconsin-Platteville welcomes Lewis Black to the Williams Fieldhouse.

Winner of the 2001 American Comedy Awards, Lewis's comedy is angry and frenetic. Although primarily a political comedian, no subject is out of reach for this satirist. His material is always fresh and funny, which make him a favorite in comedy clubs across the country. This show is being brought to you by Campus Programming and Relations (CPR) in cooperation with Segregated University Fee Allocation Commission (SUFAC). Tickets, free to UWP students and $3 for general admission, are available at the University Box Office.

Black is a graduate of the Yale Drama School and has written more than 40 plays which have been produced around the world. He's also appeared as a regular on NBC's "The Conan O'Brien Show" and on episodes of "Homicide: Life On The Street," "The Murphy Brown Show" and "Mad About You."

To watch Lewis Black, you would think that he would burst a blood vessel before the completion of his bit. He generally builds to the crescendo of teeth gritting rage. He admits, "If I acted like that all the time, I'd be dead. Certain things get to me , and I get excited." This zeal, combined with an intelligent political schtick, has made him extremely popular on college campuses. Younger audiences get him. "These kids have more of a sense of what's behind the facade. Otherwise I don't think it would work, " Black said. And If you have ever listened to his bit on Wisconsin, you will quickly understand his general appeal in Platteville.

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