On Stage

Anger Management

Lewis Black’s righteous rants


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.

Smoking Crow
More On Stage...
Song and Dance
From Broadway to Bellingham

Thanks to the miracle of flight, it’s possible to leave the Pacific Northwest in the morning and be across the country and on the streets of New York City by the end of the day. In fact, you could be watching a Broadway show by nightfall.

Another option is to reduce your carbon footprint…

more »
Home Stretch
Kickstarting the Sylvia Center

Like so many in the Bellingham community, the loss of musician Lucas Hicks last fall hit Glenn Hergenhahn-Zhao hard.

It’s one reason he moved to have the largest theater space in the growing Sylvia Center for the Arts named after the man who was an inspiration to pretty much everyone he…

more »
DPS Fest
An improv intensive

When it comes to college curriculums, it’s generally not advisable to tell students they can make up answers as they go along.

The dynamic changes, however, when collegians seeking a creative outlet—or simply a break from their books—turn their attention to the art of improvisation.…

more »
Boynton Poetry Contest

8:00am|Whatcom County

Daffodil Festival

10:00am|La Conner and the Skagit Valley

Women's Conference Registration Deadline

9:00am|Bellwether Ballroom

Wild Things

9:30am|Whatcom Falls Park

Coffee Tasting

3:00pm|Camber Cafe

Food Not Bombs

4:00pm|Downtown Bellingham

Fourth Friday Art Walk

5:00pm|Historic Fairhaven

Bingo Night

6:00pm|The Majestic

From Auschwitz to America

7:00pm|Village Books

The Book of Moron

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Adventures and Brawls

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

Trove Web
Daffodil Festival

10:00am|La Conner and the Skagit Valley

The Book of Moron

7:30pm|McIntyre Hall

Adventures and Brawls

8:00pm|Upfront Theatre

Pancake Breakfast

8:00am|American Legion Hall

NSEA Work Party

9:00am|Squalicum Creek Park

Native Plant Sale & Expo

9:00am|Whatcom Community College

Whatcom County Democrats Convention

10:00am|Bellingham High School

Rock & Gem Club Show

10:00am|Bloedel Donovan Community Center

Starting Your Vegetable Garden

10:00am|Blaine Library

March for Our Lives

10:00am|Bellingham City Hall

Walk for Water

10:00am|Fairhaven Village Green

Tax Help Available

12:30pm| First Congregational Church


1:00pm|Lincoln Theatre

Spring Show Opening Reception

2:00pm|River Gallery

Native Plants & Birds

2:00pm|Ferndale Library

A Conversation with Alan Friedlob

3:00pm|Deming Library

The Passage Home to Meuse

4:00pm|Lynden Village Books

Memory's Blade

7:00pm|Village Books

Contra Dance

7:00pm| Fairhaven Library

Shantala and Friends

7:00pm|Presence Studio

Ballroom Dance

7:30pm|Bellingham Senior Activity Center

Trove Web Best Of Skagit
Daffodil Festival

10:00am|La Conner and the Skagit Valley

Rock & Gem Club Show

10:00am|Bloedel Donovan Community Center

Rabbit Ride

8:00am|Fairhaven Bicycle

Audubon at the Museum

1:30pm|Whatcom Museum's Old City Hall

Local Bird and Plant Walk

2:00pm|Chuckanut Center

An Afternoon with Jack Gunter

2:00pm| Maple Hall

Whatcom Symphony Orchestra

3:00pm|Mount Baker Theatre

The Story of Big Ole

3:00pm|Everson Library

Art of Jazz

4:00pm|The Majestic


4:00pm|Village Books

Take Me to Church

8:00pm|Rumors Cabaret

see our complete calendar »

Trove Web Best Of Skagit Cascadia Weekly Subscribe Ad 1 Village Books