2009-01-30 / Entertainment/Lifestyles

Stephen Lynch At Capitol One Bank Theatre

Live Nation and Comedy Central present the Stephen Lynch 3 Balloons Tour at the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury on Thursday, April 23 at 8 p.m.

Whether he's singing an ode to an ailing grandfather (and the inheritance that his death will bring), or breaking up with a girlfriend because of her racial make-up (she's just "too white"), Lynch is king of the mocking lyric, wrapped in a sweet, angelic voice. His unique blend of musical based comedy has earned him fiercely loyal fans around the world that live to experience his sold-out live shows, three best-selling CDs and DVDs, and his top-rated Comedy Central Specials.

Stephen Lynch moved to New York in 1996 and while temping during the day, he wrote songs and performed at clubs and underground music venues around Manhattan at night. He quickly developed a devoted fan base and became a regular on the wildly popular "Opie & Anthony" radio show. The radio exposure, matched with Lynch's live shows and rabid following, turned the heads of the Comedy Central Network, which invited Lynch to record his first special in 2000. That special became one of Comedy Central's highest rated performances, almost unheard of for an unknown. Lynch's second special debuted in January 2008, with similarly high ratings.

In 2006, Lynch stepped onto the Broadway stage for the first time in the title role of The Wedding Singer. His performance earned him nominations for the highest honors in American Theater, including the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance, the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, as well as a nomination for the highly coveted Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.

In March 2009 Lynch will release his fourth, much anticipated CD, 3 Balloons, and christen Comedy Central's new live entertainment division by embarking on a four month, 25 city U.S. tour before heading to Europe. Once the tour is launched, Comedy Central will craft a new, live one hour special followed by a DVD featuring the comedian, promoting both during the live shows. Comedy Central's new live-entertainment division will focus on standup tours, comedy festivals, and performance DVDs and CDs, under the leadership of Mitch Fried, formerly the senior VP of promotion marketing.

"We're very excited to be able to announce our new deal with Stephen Lynch, which will see us launch our first international stand-up tour, as well as produce our first one-hour special with this incredibly talented comedian," said Fried.

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