The Benjamin House, Inc. is pleased to announce the headliner for it's 2013 Coastal Carolina Comedy Festival, comedian Bob Smiley!
Bob started his comedy career as a young, broke college student named Roberto Antonio Smiley and signed up for a stand-up competition at his Student Union Building. The prize money was $500, which was nearly 5 months rent for the "efficiency" closet Smiley was living in at the time. Though he had never stepped on a stage, and the only prior laughs he had gotten were due to his colossal leprechaun ears, he went for the gold. When he arrived, his only competition was a grown man wearing an oversized sombrero with no act... so... he won the money and the tender hearts of his fellow students. The rest is history.
Since that incredibly average performance, Roberto shortened his name to "Bob" and started a caffeine-induced tour spreading laughter and gaiety to the masses. As a novice jokester, Smiley honed his talents as the merch-managing MC for bands like Newsboys, Third Day, and Mercy Me. This exposure, along with the fact that his act had the word "booger" in it three times, led to a swarm of goatee'd youth leaders begging Smiley to come entertain their sugar-high kid herds. He was forced to match their manic energy and soon developed a machine gun approach to comedy. Sixteen years later, Bob is now one of the nation's most in-demand and hilarious clean comedians. And he absolutely loves his job, no matter how many times his father challenges its legitimacy as a career choice...
Find out more about Bob at www.bobsmiley.com
We are proud to announce that a local favorite, Out 'n the Cold, will be performing as the opening act at this year's comedy festival! A progressive acoustic band, nurtured by the fertile waters of the Great Dismal Swamp, Out 'n the Cold has been quenching the thirst of American Roots music fans for over 30 years. Find out more!
Get your tickets for the Coastal Carolina Comedy Festival in Elizabeth City, NC on September 14th 2013. It will be held at the COA Performing Arts Center on the Elizabeth City campus, doors open at 6:00pm, the show starts at 7:00pm.