Lewis Black (January 29 2012, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville): very solid B+/A-.
- no old material
- I never stick around for for signing/chatting with the performer (and after watching "Conan O'Brien can't stop", I never will
), but the guy apparently indeed signed a lot of stuff for a neverending line of people - after the 90+ minute long exhausting routine that ended 10:30PM. All that while performing every day on the tour leg OKC-Dallas-Fayetteville-Springfield-Columbia-St.Louis-Cincinnati.
- and of course, quite entertaining (I liked his opening, when he said how much he enjoys performing in the Walton Arts Center, especially because Wal-Mart has been boycotting his CDs and DVDs for years. It was double funny because Wal-Mart is actually the chief sponsor of WAC, and - I believe - there was a decent number of Wal-Mart execs in the audience)
- for a "political satirist", actually not that much about politics or religion (the longest bits in the routine were about (a) social media and (b) why iPhone and Droid suck - not bad, but not that super, either). He did a shorter bit at the very end about the republican candidates, but they are such an easy target, so there was really nothing that funny/groundbreaking (maybe except for his genuine contempt for Ron Paul and his college-y cheerful fans present at the performance). I think he might have been playing it a little too safe, because he did not know whether he would be performing in front of the college-town audience or more bible-belt crowd (though Black did equate Michele Bachmann's J.D. from the relatively nearby Oral Roberts to him getting his theater degree from Chucky Cheese).
Overall, quite enjoyable performance. And he may be more "edgy" on the East Coast.