Laughter is a wonderful stress reliever, especially during an aggravating time such as tax season or after a major disappointment, such as learning that your child is terrible at doing taxes. Laugh away your troubles with this GrouponLive deal to see Lewis Black: Running on Empty at Morris Performing Arts Center on Thursday, November 15, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $20, you get one ticket for seating in the second balcony (up to a $38 value, including all fees).
- For $25, you get one ticket for seating on the main floor, rows L–Y, or in the first balcony (up to a $49.50 value, including all fees).
A reliable geyser of anger, spitting rage against modern life’s absurdities, Lewis Black erupted onto the national scene in 1996 with his “Back in Black” segment on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart—today one of the show’s longest running features. In his Running On Empty tour, the fuming misanthrope sets his sights on political targets on both sides of the aisle. Clad in a drab, gray suit, Black sputters with a slow-boiling anger as he stalks the stage, freely using four-letter-words as punctuation marks. The comic’s rants frequently culminate in a spittle-storm of common sense, cutting observations, and obscene comedy. Off the stage, Black’s signature wrath has been distilled into Lewis Black’s The Root of All Evil on Comedy Central, as well as 10 comedy albums—two of which earned him Grammy Awards. Apart from being used to punish live-television censors, his notable knack for profanity has also lent itself well to an appearance in the film The Aristocrats.
Morris Performing Arts Center
Dubbing the theater “The Palace” when it opened in 1921, Chicago architect J.S. Aroner strove to capture a regal ambiance with a patchwork of diverse, though uniformly opulent, building styles. Patrons today can spot baroque, Greco-Roman, and even art-deco designs as they drift through the restored rose, blue, and cream entryway. But in 1959, The Palace was crumbling, and it seemed that future generations would miss out on this aesthetic experience. A concerned citizen by the name of Mrs. Ella Morris swooped in, though, purchasing the building for an undisclosed sum and then selling it back to the city for $1, which she promptly blew on gumballs. Newly named, the theater welcomed such acts as Louis Armstrong, REO Speedwagon, and Fleetwood Mac in the ensuing decades until a major, two-year overhaul began in 1998. Now restored to its original condition, the venue hosts standup acts, Broadway musicals, big-name concert performances, and fully produced ballets.