Craig & Kansas City Comedy Weekend Rants
Weekend comedy talk from our pal Craig . . .
Most Underrated Comic 'Ranter' Auggie Smith
People of often ask me, "Hey who is your favorite comedian?" To be honest, that changes over the years. I've always loved Lewis Black and before him Carlos Mencia and Pablo Francisco, and the story telling of Jim Jefferies. No no one comic in particular. But I do know who I believe is the most underrated and overlooked. That has to be the ranting comedy of Auggie Smith.
I first noticed Auggie when he was a feature act in Westport in the late 90's. "Hey bartender I'm in your joint trying to meet a strange girl and have unprotected sex tonight, after I have at least ten shots of bourbon and do as much blow in the bathroom as possible and dammit, this GUY IS BLOWING SMOKE IN MY FACE." Auggie likes to rant much like Lewis Black in some ways even better. Yet Smith never got the big break. Oh sure he was on Last Comic Standing and even got a Tonight Show spot, but no tv series no theaters, no big money. If you check him out online you will see his fantastic story telling in 'rant' form on Bob and Tom tv. Hey Lewis Black didn't get a break til he was in his 50's when they gave him a small segment on 'The Daily Show' so Auggie still has hope 45. You never know. But he is one of my all time favs. In fact he opened the Stanfords at Legends just before Lewis Black came there in 2007. Packed the place.
See Auggie Smith and you judge him, see if you agree or not he is one of the best comics today. Auggie will be at Stanfords this Friday and Saturday. We have great food so make plans to eat in our restaurant before the show. Call us at 913 400 7500 for reservations or go online to stanfordscomedyclub.com. Nest week a guy who is getting tons of shows on tv and radio, Big Jay Oakerson, "Inside Amy Schumer'" and Joe Rogan's podcast co star and more. Have a nice weekend.