Among the glut of syndicated morning radio programs, Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold of The Bob and Tom Show--heard here in the Treasure Valley on KKGL 96.9 The Eagle--have carved out a niche for themselves by providing a morning commute full of belly laughs, courtesy of their myriad stand-up comic guests, many of whom have jump-started careers through those appearances.
The show also provides an opportunity to see those comics live with the "Bob and Tom Comedy All-Stars Tour," which makes its stop in Boise at the Morrison Center this year on a most auspicious date: Thursday, Dec. 31. That's right, New Year's Eve. And joining show hosts Kristi Lee and Chick McGee are comics Henry Phillips, Donnie Baker and the Pork Pistols and, as he's done for the last few years, Auggie Smith.
Smith is appreciated among audiences and other comics for his sarcastic social commentary and ferocious take on the government and pop culture, as well as his ability to make the humdrum hilarious.
At home in Portland, Ore., Smith said he's been looking into the idea of classification in our society.
"It's like, 15 years ago, the American Medical Association decided alcoholism is a disease," Smith said, the pitch and volume of his voice rising. "We're not just drunk anymore. Now we have a disease. The only people who seem to catch this so-called disease are the most narcissistic and self-involved people. There aren't a lot of other diseases you can quit."
Smith is also a little burned out on the government's flip-flopping on the legalization of marijuana.
"The Obama administration is no longer prosecuting medical marijuana. Either it is a drug or not. My favorite part about Oregon's medical marijuana is that when we first got it, you had to grow it yourself," Smith said caustically. "Great news, 90-year-old woman with bone cancer. If you can work on your hydroponic experiment long enough, you can grow the only herb that gives you an appetite and takes away your searing pain."
An evening with Smith--and the rest of the Comedy All-Stars group--will have you feeling pain yourself ... the kind that comes from laughing so hard, your aching stomach muscles will wish they could get a cab home and leave you at the show. But note, this gig will be full of adult content so leave the kiddies behind.
Thursday, Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m., $34.50. Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane, 208-426-1609, mcboisestate.edu.