"I had always admired standup and wanted to do it," Black says from his home in Redding, Connecticut. "But what I didn't want was to pay my dues. I didn't want to be the guy showing up at two in the morning and doing an open mike for three drunk guys."
So after establishing his comedy street cred with The State, the live Stella show was born, and from there Black moved on to taking the stage alone, fast becoming a favorite in the NYC indie comedy scene.
Tonight's show at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 South Broadway in Englewood, marks the first date of a 25-city tour for Black (who's touring with his supremely talented State/Stella buddy Michael Showalter), and to hear him tell it, that's the only way it could have been.
"They were like, 'Don't you want to play Madison Square Garden? Don't you want to play Wembley?' And I was like, 'No. I want to play a tiny club in Denver or I'm not doing it.'"
The man stands by his word tonight at 7 p.m. Tickets, $20, are available at www.gothictheatre.com.
Sun., Oct. 7, 7 p.m., 2007