Veteran hot head Lewis Black is solid for a show at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in Charleston on Sat. April 10. The gig is one of many along Black’s current In God We Rust Tour 2010. The observational comic is celebrated for his edgy stand-up performances and his ongoing “Back in Black” commentaries on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (a gig he’s enjoyed since 1996).

Black’s gruff, amusingly combative style is aimed mostly at the most ridiculous aspects of current events, American pop culture, and the seediest corners of world politics. His publicist describes him as “a passionate performer who is more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon … the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.”

Black might seem like he’s about to blow a gasket at any time during performances and commentaries, but he has a soft side, too, as demonstrated on the History Channel in November on his hilarious and educational cable special Surviving the Holidays with Lewis Black — a thoughtful program that attempted to “make sense of this 36-day, end-of-year insanity that consumes us all.”

Tickets go on sale for $45 and $35 on Sat. Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. online at, the PAC box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone 800-745-3000. For more information go and for more.