Two-time Grammy Winning Comedian Lewis Black Announces Final Stand-Up Comedy Tour that Includes Viterbo University Stop

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Nov. 14, 2023

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LA CROSSE, Wis. – Two-time Grammy award winning comedian Lewis Black announced his final stand-up comedy tour. Goodbye Yeller Brick Road: The Final Tour includes stops across Europe and throughout North America, including the Viterbo University Fine Arts Center Main Theatre Saturday, April 27, 2024 at 8 p.m. Tickets are going fast, with more than half already sold.

After more than 35 years as a touring stand-up comedian, Black is parking his tour bus for good next year, marking the end of his legendary world touring career. He will write the next chapter of his career by going back to his roots and focusing on writing a new play, penning a new book, and expanding his podcast, RantCast, to include live recordings. He will also return as the voice of Anger in the upcoming Pixar sequel, Inside Out 2.

Black on being asked about touring retirement, “For a while now I have been letting folks know that I am going to retire from touring. No one believed me.‘Why would you retire from touring?’, they asked. This is after years of being asked why I was touring, ‘it must be exhausting.’ So, today I am announcing that I am retiring from touring. It is a life that has given me great joy and opened a world of possibilities for me. I thought the road would go on forever, well I was wrong about that. And the fact is as hard as the road may be to be on, it’s harder to leave it. I am only retiring from touring. It’s time for me to explore other avenues such as writing, reading your rants, and pitching TV shows that will be rejected (which is why I know they are good.) More importantly I can finally give my fantasy football team the focus and time it truly needs. And maybe, just maybe I can become the professional golfer I was born to be.”

Black uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and finger pointing to expose the absurdities of life. His comedic brilliance makes people laugh at life’s hypocrisies and the insanity he sees in the world. He has performed throughout the world and the US, where he performed at Carnegie Hall and had two successful Broadway runs.

His latest stand up special, Tragically, I Need Youwas released earlier this year and has already surpassed 1.3 million views on YouTube. The brand-new special explores topics including his ways of coping with the pandemic, his frustrations with the evolving world, and of course his thoughts about the chaos of America these last few years. 

Lewis Black–Goodbye Yeller Brick Road: The Final Tour is sponsored by Mid-West Family, River Valley Media Group, FOX 25/48, and Life Time Financial Services.

Tickets are $69 for main floor and lower balcony and $59 for upper balcony seating, plus taxes and fees. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Viterbo box office at 608-796-3100 or visit