Lewis Black in conversation with Mark (‘Perfect Strangers’) Linn-Baker

Comedian and writer Lewis Black, who has elevated the curmudgeonly rant to an art form, will be at Yale on April 1 to receive a Louis Award from Mory’s, the iconic club on Yale’s campus, and to take part in an open conversation with fellow Yale School of Drama alumnus Mark Linn-Baker ’79 M.F.A.

Members of the news media are invited to attend the conversation, which takes place at 5 p.m. in the Law School’s Levinson Auditorium, 127 Wall. St.

Black, who earned a M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama in 1977, is an award-winning comic, who regularly appears on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” and has developed numerous specials for the network. He is also the author of three best-selling books and more than 40 plays, many of which have been produced across the country. His comedy albums have earned him two Grammy Awards — and five nominations — and his TV special “Red, White, and Screwed” was nominated for an Emmy in 2007.

An actor of stage and screen, Linn-Baker is best known for the role of Larry Appleton in the popular TV show “Perfect Strangers.” He co-starred on the show with 1981 Yale College graduate Bronson Pinchot.