Lewis Black brings his anger act to Worcester

Lewis Black

Lewis Black

WORCESTER — Lewis Black has been doing his rant-based comedy for years, and his trademark yelling will fill The Hanover Theatre on Friday.

“It will be fun to be back in Worcester. I like playing in Massachusetts — you’re a delightfully bitter crowd,” he said.

The show will start at 8 p.m., at 2 Southbridge St. Tickets range from $39.50 to $69.50.

Black has had Massachusetts crowds roaring for the last 25 years, playing at the Wellesley Theatre, the beaches of Hyannis and Cape Cod, and other venues across the state, including Boston, Lowell and Worcester.

His time spent with Boston comics taught him a lot and “really helped shape my comedy,” Black said.

Five of his shows have been published this past year along with a double CD and a double DVD.

“One is a special that should have never seen the light of day, and the other is a show on Broadway I did this past year as a special,” he said.

Black started out doing standup in New York City before being slotted for a weekly segment on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” where he ranted about whatever was bothering him at the moment. It’s the longest-running segment the show has had.

He has done numerous specials for Comedy Central, sold nine comedy CDs, received five Grammy nominations (winning two) and written three best-selling books.

Black’s comedic topics often lie in current events, politics and anything else he sees as hypocrisy or madness. In Friday’s show, he’ll talk about politics, including health care and President Donald Trump.


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“We just find new and better ways to not do anything,” Black said, adding that he didn’t need Trump “to be funny.”

“He actually makes it harder because he’s already doing my job When he’s throwing paper towels at people who’ve been hit by a hurricane, that’s something you should see in a movie or something like a satire.”

Black said he got into the comedy scene because a friend told him he had to yell about all the stuff making him angry.

“So I started yelling, and that’s where it started,” he said. “It was then just a lot of years refining it.”

Along with being a successful comic, Black is an acclaimed playwright. He has written more than 40 plays, including the romantic comedy “One Slight Hitch,” which was performed recently in Massachusetts. He is also an actor, most recently voicing the character Anger, appropriately, in the Pixar movie, “Inside Out.”

Black just finished shooting a movie for Netflix called “The Last Laugh,” with Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss, about a former comic trying to get back into the comedy scene.

“It’s a real stretch,” Black deadpanned.

He majored in theater at the University of North Carolina and went to Yale Drama School while also performing standup.

“I always had an interest in it,” Black said. “I figured I’d perform and see how it worked, and then people seemed to like what I was doing. Basically, I made the choice finally because I’d make more money.”

Tickets for the show are available on thehanovertheatre.org. For more information, call the box office at 877-571-7469.

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