WANT TO GO?
Lewis Black's "The Rant is Due"
WHERE: Clay Center
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. May 16
TICKETS: $35, $45, $55 and $65
INFO: 304-561-3570 or www.theclaycenter.org
Note: For adult audiences.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Lewis Black doesn't remember if he's ever performed in Charleston or not.
Sitting in the back of his car, riding back to New York from Florida, the frequently profane comedian grumbled, "Son of a b----. You do 10 years of this kind of travel ... but I know I've been through West Virginia a bit."
But the 64-year-old wasn't sure. He couldn't remember. So, Black, who performs May 16 at the Clay Center, yelled up to his driver to get clarification.
"I trust his memory more than mine," he explained.
After a pause, the driver agreed. He thought Black had performed in Charleston at least once.
There's no record of that, but it wouldn't be hard for Black (or his driver) to get confused. The "Daily Show" correspondent keeps busy. Between standup gigs and television, radio and film appearances, not to mention time spent writing books and plays, it's amazing he can keep anything straight.
Lately, he's been talking up "One Slight Hitch," a play he wrote that's set to be performed this summer in Cape Cod.
"It's a romantic comedy and a farce," he said. "If you actually saw it, you wouldn't believe I wrote it. Seriously. It's really a romantic comedy."
Black, of course, is better known for his always topical, often political, rants filled with raving sarcasm that steadily build to an explosion of righteous indignation. His comedy is also barbed commentary about the society we live in.
"We're not functioning," he said. "Everybody has A.D.D."
The problem, he explained, is multitasking. Black doesn't believe that people are meant to multitask.