Once described as the bard of the urban underbelly, protean "downtown" performance artist Eric Bogosian established himself as one of the wittiest, most incisive chroniclers of the bloat and sleaze of the 1980s. In a series of highly acclaimed one-man shows, he combined black humor and an aggressive, confrontational energy with an underlying charm to make pointed social commentary about the environment, racism, sexism and human behavior in general. Bogosian had responded to an ad to learn the commodities racket in the late 70s, but a job answering phones at The Kitchen, an avant-garde dance and performance space in Manhattan, turned up in the nick of time to right his course. His 1977 off-off Broadway debut "Careful Moment" was the first step on the road to many super-charged, bug-eyed solo performances, featuring a universe of hucksters and psychotics as diverse as a self-congratulating British pop star (modeled on Keith Richards), a scatological derelict and a cheating yuppie executive. Three of his one-man shows ("Drinking in America", "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll", "Pounding Nails in the Floor with My Forehead") earned him well-deserved OBIE Awards.