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The Theatrical Evolution of Comedian Lewis Black

Black returns to Broadway this fall with his latest standup show, ''Black to the Future''. logo

Before he became a household name, comedian Lewis Black was a struggling playwright. Beginning his career by managing the famed downstairs theater at the West Bank Café (now the Laurie Beechman), Black transitioned to standup only when he realized that getting his plays read by major theaters was akin to putting a message into a bottle. It might have taken longer than expected, but in 2012, Black saw his name in lights on a Broadway marquee when he played the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in his standup show Running on Empty. Now, he's back with Black to the Future, which will run Monday nights at the Marquis Theatre, September 12-October 24. In a recent interview with TheaterMania, Black discussed how his Broadway dreams have never faded, even though his career path is significantly changed.