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Peabody audience stands up for Black

Written by Connie Bollinger
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Thundering applause and a standing ovation greeted comedian Lewis Black at the Peabody Opera House last  night as he brought his "In God We Rust" comedy tour to St. Louis.

Black's comedy is a scalpel digging into the flesh of everyday absurdities like politics, religion, television, fake celebrities, electronic media, you name it and Lewis blasts it with acerbic, biting truth; however, unlike others in this same rant comedy genre, Black is intelligent, articulate(except when he's frustrated beyond words and making blubbing noises), and even at his most finger wagging, foaming at the mouth outrageous, Lewis Black's comedy laser beam cuts away the pretense exposing the raw flesh of absurdity we usually accept as normal.

It's impossible to describe Black to anyone who hasn't seen him. Try to imagine your High School Math teacher having a nervous breakdown during lecture time; yet everything he says speaks the clear truth of a world gone mad, an incomprehensible place where children sitting across from one another text instead of talking, a world where "social" networking means sitting alone at a desk typing words to people you've never met, a world where political candidates resemble caricatures from a vaudeville show. He reads from a newspaper that quotes Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in which the media giant claims he never intended to make money off his social network, but rather saw it only as a means for people to stay in touch with each other; a statement that elicited cat calls and whoops of disbelief from the crowd. Black smiles at the audience, nodding approval. We're learning.

Opening for Lewis Black is a talented, very funny comedian, John Bowman. Bowman has an ease of delivery that is in sharp contrast to Black. Bowman talked about riding his bicycle through Forrest Park and how crossing one street thrust him into crack dealer country. He poked fun at the ineffectiveness of the NSA, and the absurdity of a list of rules posted at the loading section of a major airline, a list that included "NO JOKES".

Black was here two years ago and wowed a capacity audience at the Fox. He killed again last night at the Peabody. St. Louis seems to love Lewis Black and, as much as he's capable, Black seems to have  affection for us, too. After the show he actually sat at a table signing autographs and greeting his fans. I'm hoping Lewis Black keeps St. Louis on his tour list for a long, long time.

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