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The Blackpack: All Laughs Matter
March 31, 2017 • 8:00 p.m.
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Who knew that chipping away at the walls of racial and social stereotypes could be so much fun? Find out in a terrific night of comedy as all-star headliners Vince Morris, Billy D. Washington, and BT take a good-natured, often brutally honest look at our national spectrum via their singular (albeit different) points of view. Regardless of our political proclivities and pre-conceived notions about race and class, humor is a great tool for deepening our understanding and respect for others, thus the show name: All Laughs Matter. Adding to the fun is a Q&A portion of the show, “Everything you ever wanted to ask a black man but were afraid to ask.” Simultaneously hilarious and thought provoking, The Blackpack celebrates our differences, one joke at a time. Enhance your experience: A discussion with the performers will be held in conjunction with these performances.
Pre-performance discussion: “How to Turn the News into Great Comedy” — Meet the members of The Blackpack, with special guest John Boyle, Asheville Citizen-Times reporter and columnist, and learn firsthand how comedians can transform current events into an evening of laughter. 5:00 p.m. at The Block Off Biltmore at 39 South Market Street prior to the 8:00 p.m. performance. Free to ticket holders.
Tickets: Regular $32; Student $27
About the comedians: One of the hottest up and coming comedy veterans on the scene today, Vince Morris is no stranger to television, and has appeared on BET’s Comic View, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, CBS’ Late Late Show, and his own half hour Comedy Central special. BT jokingly refers to himself as “a black redneck with a rock star attitude.” He has performed in more than 43 states and three countries, and seen in numerous television shows from the Sci-Fi Channel’s Black Scorpion to the critically acclaimed HBO movie, Suckers. He has been on MTV, BET and VH-1 and is a favorite in the nationally touring comedy show S.E.L.L.O.U.T. And Diana Wortham Theatre patrons may remember cop-turned-comic Billy D. Washington from his brilliantly funny and musical performance back in March 2011. Washington’s clever but quirky approach combined with his undeniable skill as a pianist has made him a formidable force in the world of standup comedy.
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