Auggie Smith headlines this weekend at Chadwick's Pub. - auggiesmith.com

Auggie Smith at Chadwick's

Comedian Auggie Smith says that he likes to stick around his hometown of Portland.

"I've spent time living in other parts of the country, Manhattan, Los Angeles," Smith says. "But I always return to Portland. I think it's because I'm afraid of success."

Smith's success has actually taken a turn since he began performing on the national Bob and Tom Comedy Tours.

"I'd performed all over the country on my own," Smith says. "But the Bob and Tom shows just changed everything. The tours showcase talented comics who haven't played big venues like those in Vegas and L.A. And, it's so much more fun to perform in front of about 2000 people than it is to perform in front of 30 people."

Medford is one of the syndicated markets for the Bob and Tom Shows, and Smith and Grant Lyon, a comic from Santa Cruz, Calif., will present shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21-22, this weekend at Chadwick's Pub, 2300 Biddle Road, Medford.

Smith also is busy putting together his new CD to be released in a couple of months.

"I don't have a title for it yet," Smith says. "My first CD was called 'Cult Following.' The running gag was that I was actually a cult leader that lost my flock and turned to stand-up. Although, I always have viewed my comedy as motivational speaking."

Smith's show is a hard-edged act full of strong points of view and includes plenty of satire.

"My new thing is bicyclists," Smith says. "I am anti-bicyclist. Roads are built for cars. Look, bicyclists are clogging traffic. Why don't they ride on the sidewalk? What? There are people walking there? Well, hey, bicyclists, it sucks riding behind some outdated mode of transportation, doesn't it?"

The Oregonian stated that Smith's "energetic, hysterical rants leave audiences breathless with laughter." "Brilliant, non-stop laughs!" stated the Seattle Times.

Tickets to the shows at Chadwick's cost $10 in advance; $12 the day of the show. Call 282-2122.

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