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Aug. 31, 2007

Lewis Black comes to Hancher just as pre-caucus campaigns hit high gear

Comedian Lewis Black, "America's foremost commentator on everything," will come to the University of Iowa just as the pre-caucus campaigns hit high gear, for a "Red, White and Screwed" performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in Hancher Auditorium. Comedian John Bowman will open the evening.

Black has described his humor as "being on the Titanic every single day and being the only person who knows what is going to happen." As viewers of his "Back in Black" spots on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" or his Comedy Central and HBO specials can attest, Black is annoyed into a quivering frenzy about the absurdity and hypocrisy of almost everything, and his strident, profanity-laced, finger-wagging rants give no one a free pass.

He has also released DVDs and CDs of his material, including the 2007 Grammy Award-winning "The Carnegie Hall Performance." He received the award for Best Male Stand Up by the American Comedy Awards in 2001, and in 2004 he was recognized by the Pollstar Awards for his blockbuster comedy tours, "Rules of Enragement" and "Red, White & Screwed."

The year 2006 was a breakout one for Black as an actor. He co-starred in Barry Levinson's "Man of the Year" (with Robin Williams and Christopher Walken), "Accepted" (directed by Steve Pink, 2006), and "Unaccompanied Minors" (directed by Paul Feig). He also stars in Bob Saget's 2007 parody "Farce of the Penguins" with Samuel L Jackson.

His first book, "Nothing's Sacred," debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List in 2005.

Lewis Black is supported by the Press-Citizen through the University of Iowa Foundation.

Lewis Black's performance contains material of an adult nature. Potential audience members who are concerned about whether it is appropriate for them should contact the Hancher Box Office, 319-335-1160.

Remaining tickets for Lewis Black are $40/35; UI student $36/31.50; senior citizen and youth $40/35.

Hancher Auditorium box office business hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial 319-335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should dial 319-335-1158, which is equipped with TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.

Tickets may be ordered online 24 hours a day, seven days a week through Hancher's website:

Orders may be charged to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail at

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Arts Center Relations, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 351, Iowa City, IA 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Winston Barclay, Arts Center Relations, 319-384-0073,