The Weekly Ringer

The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

Comedian and UMW Alum Watt Smith Brings the Laughs Back to Fredericksburg For Homecoming Show

1 min read


“Keep it real,” were the last words Watt Smith imparted to me as our interview ended. Hopefully, this relaxed attitude will translate into laughs on Thursday night when Smith and five other comics take the stage at University Café (409 William St.).
Smith has always been interested in stand-up comedy and regularly performed in and around Virginia while attending UMW.  Last year, Smith left UMW for academic reasons and embarked on a journey that would be considered abnormal when compared to that of the average college student.
After meeting the founder of the charitable business TOMS Shoes, Smith took a job with the company and moved out to Los Angeles.  Once in Los Angeles, Smith began actively pursuing his passion for acting and writing.
While performing at comedy clubs in the area, Smith started drafting various ideas for television shows and movies.  In fact, CBS is considering using one of his scripts for a future episode of their show “How I Met Your Mother.”
In a culture that promotes fast-tracking students through college as quickly as possible in order for them to secure a lucrative job at a young age, Smith is a fresh example of someone who challenges the status quo.  His jokes are hilarious, and his positive spirit is nothing short of contagious. Be sure to come out this Thursday night for a few laughs, and welcome Watt Smith back to Fredericksburg.
Admission is $7 in advance and $9 at the door. The show starts at 9 p.m.