Durham Performing Arts Center will present LEWIS BLACK: IN GOD WE RUST TOUR at 8 p.m. on Sept. 10 in its brand-new, 2,800-seat, state-of-the-art theater, in the American Tobacco District in downtown Durham, NC. Comedian John Bowman will open the show at 8 p.m. and perform until 8:30. After a 20-minute intermission, Lewis Black’s performance will begin at approximately 8:50.
According to Durham Performing Arts Center:
“Lewis Black returns to the stage with his IN GOD WE RUST TOUR, presented in association with Live Nation Entertainment.
“Lewis is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor, and author. He catapulted to meteoric fame during his time on Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show.’ His segment, a three-minute rant about whatever was bothering him at the moment, evolved into ‘Back in Black.’ Lewis has taped four specials for the Comedy Central Presents series, co-created ‘Last Laugh with Lewis Black,’ presides over ‘Lewis’ Black’s the Root of All Evil,’ and continues to perform ‘Back in Black’ on ‘The Daily Show,’ with Jon Stewart. His popular appearances on Comedy Central helped to win him Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards in 2001.
“He has released several critically acclaimed CDs, ‘The White Album,’ ‘Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues,’ and in 2007 won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album for ‘The Carnegie Hall Performance.’ Black filmed two HBO specials, ‘Black on Broadway’ and the Emmy-nominated ‘Red, White and Screwed.’ He had a regular feature for two seasons on ‘Inside the NFL,’ and in 2006 was honored to be asked to participate in ‘Comic Relief.’ He has written two best-selling books, NOTHING’S SACRED  and ME OF LITTLE FAITH . Both garnered critical praise as well commercial success and spent numerous weeks on THE NEW YORK TIMES Best Seller List. Lewis has penned over 40 plays.
“In 2006, Lewis co-starred with Robin Williams in Barry Levinson’s MAN OF THE YEAR, appeared as ‘the fake dean of a fake college’ in Steve Pink’s ACCEPTED and as the harried airport manager in Paul Feig’s UNACCOMPANIED MINORS. He also lent his voice to the role of ‘Jimmy’ in Bob Sagat’s parody, FARCE OF THE PENGUINS.
According to Lewis Black’s official website:
“John [Bowman] got his start in Howard City, MI. He worked as a cook in high school and went onstage between sets of the ‘Don and Kay Trio,’ a group who went through two or three drummers a season, so they never were never immortalized in the annals of music history. He started by doing impressions of Groucho Marx and W.C. Fields and moved on to twisted sock puppet re-tellings of classic stories.
“After playing out all the hot spots in Howard City, John moved to Lansing, MI, where he became an actor in the Boarshead Theater Company for the next five years. He then moved to New York and began performing in various theaters around the city. He had roles in a number of plays, including some by a little-known playwright named Lewis Black.
“John’s live theater credits from those days include sharing the stage with James Earl Jones, Bruce Weitz, and Leslie Uggams, as well as working with directors, Jack O’Brian (Tony winner), Geraldine Fitzgerald, and Robert Wilson. Television gigs came along, as well. He was a nerdy scientist on ‘L.A. Law,’ a nervous car salesman on ‘Ellen,’ and a serial killer, ‘The Doll Killer,’ on ‘Miami Vice.’
“During his tenure in New York, John started touring as a comedian with partner, Dan Ballard. Dan and John did a two-hander that was loud and offensive, just right for the road houses they were playing. They were ultimately chased from the stage by a guy named Boone, who had a hunting knife in his hand, in LaGrange, GA. He had the final words of the performance, which were, ‘Break it up,’ as he lunged toward them, sword in hand.
“It was also during this time John took Lewis on his first tour; a two-week swing through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, down through Wisconsin and back up again into Michigan. It was on the first night of the tour, a stop in Big Rapids, when Lewis asked the crowd, ‘Has anyone here ever seen a Jew?’ One guy, in the back, with all sincerity, said, ‘I saw one in Grand Rapids.’
“John moved on to L.A., where he did about a hundred cable comedy shows, including five appearances on ‘Evening at the Improv,’ and was the final ‘debut comic’ on the ‘Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.’ He appeared on an episode of ‘Seinfeld’ as ‘Teddy Padalak,’ umbrella salesman. He toured comedy clubs as a headliner until he snapped and moved into the Michigan woods. He came out to do a couple plays in New York, just before 9-11, and moved back to the City.
“After 9-11, it was back into the woods. Lewis finally hauled him out on the road where he put John in compromising situations, photographed him, and accumulated enough evidence to keep him indentured and silent. John’s duties now include pushing Bobble Head Dolls and writing the segments for ‘Inside the NFL.'”
Durham Performing Arts Center presents LEWIS BLACK: IN GOD WE RUST TOUR at 8 p.m. Sept. 10 at the DPAC, in the American Tobacco District, at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.
TICKETS: Start at $30.
BOX OFFICE: DPAC Box Office: 919/680-ARTS (2787), Tickets@DPACnc.com, or http://www.dpacnc.com/default.asp?dpac=54. Ticketmaster: 800/745-3000, 919/834-4000, or http://www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/115558/821454.
GROUP RATES (10+ tickets): 919/281-0587, GroupSales@DPACnc.com, or http://www.dpacnc.com/default.asp?dpac=22.
Lewis Black: http://www.lewisblack.com/ (official website).
John Bowman: http://www.lewisblack.com/john-bowman.aspx (Lewis Black’s official website).
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