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Lewis Black Brings His Infamous Yell and Sarcastic Wit to the Academy of Music in "The Emperor's New Clothes: The Naked Truth Tour," November 5, 2016

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He’s back and more bitter than ever… @TheLewisBlack brings his fall tour to the Academy of Music for one-night-only 11/5


Amanda Conte



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, September 21, 2016) –– Notorious for his iconic voice, angry finger pointing, and bitter rants, Lewis Black takes the Academy of Music stage for one night of hilarious wit and satire. Following his extremely successful previous tours, The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Naked Truth Tour will play the Academy of Music on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. This show is presented in association with Live Nation.

“Lewis Black has proved time and time again that he can crack audiences up simply by commenting on what is happening in our world,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “A versatile performer, from film to standup, I have no doubt that fans will love seeing Black get – as he says –‘mad about the madness.’”

Audiences can expect to see Black’s candid and blunt humor combined with his self-proclaimed “pissed-off optimism” while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world. The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Naked Truth Tour will feature Black’s trademark yelling and hilarious commentary on the upcoming presidential election and much more.

Best known for his intense release of anger and disillusionment during live performances, Lewis Black first popped up on national television during appearances on The Daily Show in 1996. Those appearances led to comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, and EPIX. Black has won multiple Grammy Awards for his comedy albums and has published three best-selling books: Nothing’s Sacred (Simon & Schuster, 2005), Me of Little Faith (Riverhead Books, 2008), and I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas (Riverhead Books, 2010).

Other upcoming shows on the Kimmel Center Campus include Neil DeGrasse Tyson (November 30, 2016, Academy of Music), Hasan Minhaj (December 2, 2016, Perelman Theater), and The Second City (February 3-4, 2016, Perelman Theater).


The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Naked Truth Tour

Academy of Music

November 5, 2016, 8:00 p.m.


Tickets are available now and start at $45.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling (215) 790-5883. More information at

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Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, The Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the University of the Arts’ Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly Pops, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2016-2017 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit

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