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Anger Management

Lewis Black’s righteous rants

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What: "Rant, White & Blue"

When: 8 pm Fri., Mar. 17

Where: Mount Baker Theatre, 104 N. Commercial St.

Cost: $45-$65

Info: 734-6080 or http://www.mountbakertheatre.com

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

When Lewis Black gets worked up, those in the immediate vicinity of his verbal vitriol may have the instinct to force beta-blockers down his gullet and call the nearest mental health professional.

That would be a mistake. Part of the draw of the popular comedian, actor and author’s performances is seeing how apoplectic Black is willing to get in the name of getting his points across.

In other words, don’t be overly alarmed when the 68-year-old Black froths at the mouth, bellows, spews obscenities and flails his limbs akimbo during a “Rant, White & Blue” tour stop Fri., March 17 at the Mount Baker Theatre. That’s to be expected, and won’t require medical intervention.

While bombastic explorations focusing on history, religion and cultural trends are typically part of Black’s standup routines, there’s also a good chance the St. Patrick’s Day show will touch on another one of his favorite themes—politics.

For clues on which way Black’s political pendulum swings, I turned to a “Back on Black” segment the Yale School of Drama alum filmed for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah four days before the Jan. 20 inauguration.

In the righteous rant, he pointed to the number of musicians who had turned down the invite to perform at the nationally televised event—everyone from Celine Dion to Elton John, Kiss, and Garth Brooks. He also speculated that perhaps the reason the world lost so many musicians the previous year wasn’t random.

“Do you want to know why so many celebrities died in 2016?” he said, his voice steadily rising a few octaves. “It was to get out of playing the goddamn inauguration!

“But hey, being universally hated is no excuse for not throwing a good party,” he continued, noting that he’d like to attend the event if only to see Trump’s hand catch on fire when he touched the Bible.

“President-Elect Sour Grapes doesn’t give a damn if the cool kids don’t want to come to his party,” he postulated. “What a coincidence. The guy who can’t book any celebrities doesn’t want any celebrities. It reminds me of when I was a teenager, and I swore off having sex with the prettiest girl in my class. ‘No thanks, Sharlene, I’m in a loving relationship with some Polaroids of my cleaning lady.’”

To discover how Black feels now that Trump’s has spent a couple of months in office, you’ll have to book tickets to “Rant, White & Blue.”  Just remember that Black isn’t on the verge of a heart attack; he’s just practicing a hilarious form of anger management.

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