Auggie Smith returns to the show this week to talk about floods, the dark side of Portland, and acts of cowardice. Auggie has a new podcast called Motivationally Speaking and a new CD called Smell the Thunder. He's been heard on Bob and Tom and seen on Comedy Central.
At the age of 19, Auggie Smith moved from Billings, Montana to Portland, Oregon to pursue a career in stand up comedy. After a few years of toil and struggle, he first achieved acclaim by winning the 1994 Sam Adams Comedy Contest, who’s prizes earned him his first national exposure on the television show Evening At the Improv. Auggie truly found his comedy voice in 1997, when he placed second in the Seattle Comedy Competition to legendary comic Mitch Hedberg. This earned him an invitation to the 1998 Montreal Comedy Festival, where he performed a remarkable 12 shows, including New Faces, Danger Zone and The Nasty Show.
Keeping a continuous road schedule of clubs across the nation, Auggie introduced himself to a new legion of fans in January of 2004, with a now legendary appearance on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show. The morning was a mix of signature rants and brilliant improv highlighting his sharp point-of-view. His outstanding debut has become one their most replayed treasures.
This led to performing in theaters acroos the country on the very popular Bob & Tom Comedy Tour, where audiences quickly became aware that the only thing better then listening to Auggie on the radio was sharing the energy he creates in his live performance.
In 2006, Auggie shot national TV performances for Comedy Centrals Bob & Tom All Stars, and Live at Gotham, where he was put in the honored status of headlining the first episode.
In 2007, Auggie made a brief but very memorable appearance on Last Comic Standing.
In 2008, Auggie was invited to perform at the Rooftop Aspen Comedy Festival, where he was voted Club Comic of the Year by club owners.
Auggie is the star of his own CD and DVD titled Cult Following. His comedy rants are on heavy rotation on both XM and Sirius satellite radio, and can be seen on several popular youtube videos, but none of these compare with seeing his live performance.
In 2009, Auggie was invited to and made the finals of the prestigious Boston Comedy Festival.
In 2010, This was a very busy year, beginning with making the finals of The Great American Comedy Festival, then winning both the Seattle and San Francisco International Comedy Competitions. (The first comic to do so in the 30 year history of the competitions). Auggie finished out 2010 with the release of his new CD “Smell the Thunder” which has been on iTunes top comedy albums several times since.
When Auggie takes the stage, audiences across the country quickly realize that they’re in for an evening of riveting, take-no-prisoners stand-up comedy. During Auggie’s set, pop culture and political targets are dissected piece by piece into intelligently written manic rants. His seamless rapid fire style has developed a loyal following across the country. He has spent most of the last two decades keeping a constant road schedule honing his craft and creating a truly memorable, relevant, and constantly evolving live experience.
But don’t take it from me. Here are some unbiased reactions from critics:
His energetic, hysterical rants leave audiences breathless with laughter.” -The Oregonian
“When Auggie Smith takes the stage, get ready for a nonstop barrage of fantastic rapid fire comedy. Auggie’s show is always filled with raw edged, intelligent laughs…The man whose cult following and comedy is quickly giving birth to a new religion.” -Comedyspeak.com
“Auggie Smith resuscitates stand-up with a dose of pop culture and jaded hip…his style will be part of a youth movement attracting younger, hipper crowds to stand-up.” -Willamette Week
“Brilliant, non-stop laughs!” -Seattle Times Auggie Smith is probably one of the most vitriolic, sharp witted comedians on the circuit right now, melding political and social commentary with a clarifying view of where our collective actions may lead us, if we let them. -The Plain-Dealer