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25 Years of Laughs

Homelessness. Family drama. Caitlyn Jenner.

Comedian Augie T covers these themes and more in his latest stand-up routine, offering a “local boy perspective” on the absurdities of everyday life. And on Friday, Nov. 6, he’s bringing it to Kauai.

Augie will perform brand new comedy alongside fan favorites at an 8 p.m. show at the Courtyard by Marriott at Coconut Beach in Waipouli. Tickets, available at Kmart in Lihue or online at augiet.com, are $20 for general admission and $35 for VIP, which includes a DVD and a 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet with Augie.

The show is part of “Augie T Live,” a tour celebrating Augie’s 25 years doing comedy.

“I love performing,” Augie said. “I knew I wanted to do comedy ever since I was in the fourth grade. I knew that I wanted to make people laugh at a very young age, and even after doing this for 25 years it’s still fresh. I still get the same excitement when I see a line for a show or I see people paying money to come and hear me talk about the stupidity in my life.”

Augie, who has a radio show every morning on Surf 95.9 FM, is a two-time Na Hoku Hanohano Award recipient and was recognized as one of Hawaii’s Top 100 Influential Filipinos.

Now, perhaps more than ever, he said it’s important that people carve out time in their lives to laugh.

“We live in such a politically correct world, we don’t know how to laugh at each other anymore because we’re afraid we’re going to offend somebody,” he said.

All the more reason to attend a comedy show. In this age of easy-access entertainment, Augie said live comedy offers people a chance to not only to sit face-to-face with the performers, but also to participate in the performance.

“We live in such a technological world, you can lay on your back and put your iPad on your stomach and watch comedy and be in your own world,” Augie said. “But it’s not like being in a dark room where it’s right there in front of you. Coming to a live show is pretty exciting. I think it’s so freeing.”

When Augie first started stand-up in the early ‘90s, he wanted to be “the Eddie Murphy of Hawaii” — profanities included. That is until his father came to one of his shows and was angered to hear the filthy language coming from his son’s mouth.

Today, Augie takes pride in keeping it appropriate. However, he’s not afraid to take it to the edge.

“People know what to expect,” he said. “They know I can be edgy but I never use the F word. They can bring their families. They can bring the kids there.”

So far, this decorated comedian said the island of Kauai has embraced him, and he looks forward to coming every time he visits from his home in Ewa Beach on Oahu.

“I’m really being healed by speaking out about my life and then laughing and making you laugh about it, too,” Augie said.

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