This collection primarily consists of material relating to Bob Smith’s professional career as a writer and comedian, and includes
scripts, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, writing and performance contracts, calendars, research files, correspondence, and
recordings of his performances. (1972-2006, bulk: 1991-2004).
Bob Smith is an American writer and comedian based in New York City. Born in Buffalo, New York, in 1958, he began writing
and performing stand-up comedy in 1977, and in 1998, he formed the comedy troupe "Funny Gay Males" with comedians Jaffe Cohen
and Danny McWilliams. Smith was the first openly gay comedian to appear on the
Tonight Show and to have his own
HBO Comedy Half-Hour special. He has written comedy for Amblin Films, the
MTV Video Music Awards,
MAD-TV. In addition to his autobiographies
Openly Bob (1997), which received a Lambda Literary Award, and
Way to Go, Smith! (1999), he has published two novels,
Selfish and Perverse (2007) and
Remembrance of Things I Forgot (2011), and numerous essays. Smith was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease in 2007.
4.0 linear feet.
4 records boxes + 1 flat archive box.
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