His full name is Augusto Tulba, but everyone knows him as Augie T.
And there’s good reason for that.
“Because,” Aguie, a professional comedian for 25 years, explained. “Augusto is too sexy.”
Laughs aside, did you know some of the best comedy can come from serious, sometimes dark topics?
“I share a really honest story,” said Aguie T, who, growing up, became a teen parent and watched a brother perish to ice. “I get really deep and personal.”
Augie T. will be emceeing the inaugural “Laugh With The Stars,” a family-friendly comedy and music show that’s part of a two-island swing. Kauai’s performance will be 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall and feature comedians Frank DeLima and Ed Kaahea, along with music from three of Kauai’s own: Shar Carillo, Shilo Pa, and the Greenstone Project.
Proceeds will go toward the B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii Foundation, a nonprofit organization started by Augie T’s daughter, Mahea Sims-Tulba, that encourages school-aged youth to be respectful and value everyone. Mahea Sims-Tulba faced the issue of bullying growing up before she decided at age 12 to change her negative experiences into helpful ones and create the foundation.
Together, the father-daughter duo has reached over 3,000 students on Oahu and Hawaii Island through B.R.A.V.E. presentations.
“Surrounding yourself with the right people in high school is important,” Augie T said about one of their messages.
Now, they’re trying to raise money to travel to more schools across the state without having to be reliant on the Department of Education or applying for grants.
As emcee of the event, Augie T said he’ll mostly moderate, but throw in his jabs and jokes like any good host would.
“It’s very personal,” Augie T said about his comedy style. “A lot of my comedy comes from family. I talk about my kids a lot, I talk about my mom and dad a lot and I talk about the struggles about being a local comic.”
Tickets cost $15 or $20 at the door. They’re on sale at Kmart Lihue and online at AugieT.com. VIP seats are available for $25 and include a free Augie T CD.
“I think comedy is therapeutic,” Augie T said. “You just forget. Anything painful. Laughter lets out the endorphins and can make people forget any pain in their life.”