Bust-A-Gut Brings Tracy Smith to The Pub

 Annie Bartholomew/ Sun Star Reporter

March 5, 2013

Comedian Tracy Smith performs "the white flag position" in the UAF Pub on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Smith came as part of the Bust-A-Gut comedy series which is hosted through SAO and AlaskaComedy.com. Annie Bartholomew/Sun Star

Comedian Tracy Smith performs “the white flag position” in the UAF Pub on Wednesday, February 27, 2013. Smith came as part of the Bust-A-Gut comedy series which is hosted through SAO and AlaskaComedy.com. Annie Bartholomew/Sun Star

Tracy Smith is a woman who is not afraid to make fun of herself, or the audience. On her fifth trip to Alaska, the Bust-A-Gut comedian addressed her college crowd as “cougar chum” and a “vitamin D deficient pack of weirdos.”

Smith, who has been featured on HBO and Comedy Central, tailored her act for the Student Activities Office event at the  The Pub on Wedneday, Feb. 27. Wearing high heeled boots, Smith strutted across stage using her body to deliver jokes. Such antics included a prolonged hip gyration at an engineering student in the front row, while whistling the theme to “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

After attending college, Smith worked in advertising where  she won her first comedy contest 24 years ago at the Dulles Airport Holiday Inn. Smith described herself as “very lost” and unhappy with the jobs she had taken, when comedy set off a light in her head.

“And there it was, all of my creativity and all of my narcissism and need for attention. Everything that was ever supposedly bad about me was now okay,” Smith said. “You just have to be comfortable with yourself and not be apologetic for who you are as a person.”

UAF alumni Jerry Evans and Glenn Anderson opened the event,  sharing stories about the “Cheapo Sleazo” days of The Pub in the early eighties. “It’s so funny because we’re all older,” Evans said. “Glenn made a Perry Como reference and Tracy made an Ethel Merman reference which in no way should mean anything to anyone here tonight.”

Though some content may have been lost in the age difference, the humor was not. “I really enjoyed her,” said UAF student Suzie Avant. “She had a different way of going about the jokes. She’s still dirty, but it was funny.”

SAO works with AlaskaComedy.com to bring comedians to campus. The monthly Wednesday night showcase alternates between the Hess Recreation Center and The  Pub to share comedy with both under 21 and over 21 audiences. The cost of the event was $5 for students and $10 general admission at the door.

At 48-years old the comedy diva shows no signs of losing her edge. “The great thing about doing stand up is that your worst day is a great joke, so you’re never truly unhappy.”

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