Bob Smith has the distinction of being the first openly gay comedian to appear on The Tonight Show and have his own HBO Special, The Bob Smith Comedy Half-Hour. He’s also appeared on the first national television showcase for gay and lesbian performers, Comedy Central’s Out There, for which he was also the head writer. Other TV appearances include Politically Incorrect, Entertainment Tonight and Tom Snyder.
Bob’s Lambda Literary Award-winning collection, Openly Bob was published to acclaim in 1997 by Rob Weisbach Books. USA Today said about Openly Bob that, “You’ll laugh out loud” while The Lambda Book Review called it: “One of the most rewarding gay books of the year.” Bob has also written for Dennis Miller on the MTV Video Awards, and was a writer for Roseanne’s variety series, Saturday Night Special.