Lewis Black rants and raves so hard, sometimes it looks like the pissed-off comic might drop dead from anger-related causes -- not in a few years, but RIGHT NOW. During his "Back in Black" editorial segment on Comedy Central's Daily Show, Black's shoulders tense up. His fingers take on spastic lives of their own. He sweats. He stutters. He swears. He spits venom. But once the rant is done, he doesn't care so much that, for example, his cell phone sucks.
"I do get worked up, but I get rid of what upsets me during the day," Black says. "I could be yelling about a tax cut, but I'm actually screaming about my cell phone going out."
Black finds his motivation in daily aggravation, but his material comes from frustrations of global proportions. "The funniest stuff is the truth. It reaches the point where you don't have to embellish it. Arnold Schwarzenegger is running for governor of California," the comic explains, pausing ... the calm before the storm. "That's the punch line! You don't have to say anything else!"
Don't worry, Black will have plenty of other things to say when the Comedy Central Live stand-up tour rolls into the Midland Theatre (1228 Main) at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $29, but that's fine, because Insomniac's Dave Attell and stand-up comic Mitch Hedburg are performing as well. (Attell will not, however, be filming another Insomniac episode during his visit.) For tickets, call 816-931-3330.-- Michael Vennard
The good folks at the Green Door Gallery (1229 1/2 Union Avenue, 816-421-6889) are always fighting for the underdog. A year ago, they brought 3-D glasses out of the realm of bad movies and into the realm of the gallery crawl. In May, they proclaimed the artistic integrity of comics. Now, they're pulling for tattoo artists -- and for the rights of inked people everywhere. Instead of simply trying to convince you that tattoo art should be respected, the curators offer a well-rounded investigation of tattoos. Participating artists range from tattoo artists themselves to fine artists who have never set foot in a tattoo shop. Indelible: The Art of the Tattoo opens Friday from 7 to 10 p.m.-- Gina Kaufmann
Quick, is a "head shot" a professional photograph of an actor's face, or is it a single bullet to your opponent's cranium? If you answered the latter, then you need serious help, or else you can hurry to AdrenaLAN (833 Ohio, Suite B), the new networked video gaming facility in Lawrence. ("LAN" stands for Local Area Network.) AdrenaLAN is operated by enthusiastic gamers who want you to get your game on in style and comfort. With 24 superfast PCs linked up for big tournaments, and four linked X-Boxes connected to HDTVs, it's worth the membership fee. Come on, Halo on HDTV? Have you ever struggled for dominance with such clarity? Call 785-856-3724 for more details. -- Vennard
Like the quarterback sneak, the successful crashing of a tailgating shindig takes some slyness, so here are some helpful tips if you decide to make that your special team's play for the Chiefs vs. Steelers game at noon Saturday at Arrowhead Stadium (One Arrowhead Drive, 816-924-4000). First of all, blending in is key, so, naturally, wear red. Parties held under the canopies on the grass are probably a little easier to infiltrate than the intimate groups of friends huddled by cars. And, above all, the ability to sidle is oh-so important -- we recommend the sidlage over any Jerome Bettis Bus-like action. However, if all that fails, perhaps the drunken bonhomie of fellow Chiefs fans will win you a bratwurst.-- Jen Chen