R.I.P. Bob Smith

Just a quarter of a century ago, you could see gay comedians on TV but never really knew they were gay. Then came Bob Smith. Smith was the first openly gay man to perform stand-up on The Tonight Show, as well as star in his own HBO half-hour comedy special. Smith died last week from ALS. He was 59. Born Dec. 24, 1958, Smith got his start in New York City in the early 1980s. Along with Danny McWilliams and Jaffe Cohen, Smith toured as “Funny Gay Males” and scored gigs around the world into the early 1990s. His...

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