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Lewis Black at Van Wezel

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Lewis Black AP 2012

Lewis Black will be ranting at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota on Saturday. (AP Photo/2012)

A deadly-sharp social critic who smartly masquerades as a comic, Lewis Black brings his "The Rant is Due" tour to the Van Wezel Performing Arts on Saturday for what will likely be a sold out show. The quintessential "angry comedian," Black has become a star by deftly yelling about life's inequalities on stage and TV. He's also a good guy who recently participated in "Comedy Warriors: Healing Through Humor," a full-length documentary film featuring five severely injured service members embarking on careers in standup comedy.

Lewis, along with Zach Galifianakis, B.J. Novak and Bob Saget, serve as “coaches” for the vets as as they write and perform their comedy acts. During the film, the "comedy warriors" share their life stories and the role that humor plays in their rehabilitation. The film culminates in live performances at a couple of Los Angeles' top comedy clubs. The movie aried last month on Showtime and will soon be released on Netflix. You can also stream the doc from the Comedy Warriors website for a small fee.

8 p.m. Saturday; Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota; $44.50-$74.50; 953-3368; vanwezel.org.

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