SUNY Canton Living Writers Series Hosts Acclaimed Comedian and Student Doug Smith Oct. 20


The SUNY Canton Living Writers Series will resume in-person events this month when it welcomes a New York City stand-up comic who is also a SUNY Canton student.

Doug Smith will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20 in the Kingston Theater, followed by a Q&A session. He will discuss his writing process and the mechanics of comedy. The event is free and open to the public.

Doug Smith - Living Writers Series - Oct 20 @ 6:30

“I’m very much looking forward to performing at SUNY Canton and trying to connect with 18-22-year-olds as a man deep in the throes of a midlife crisis,” Smith joked.

As a non-degree student, Smith began taking SUNY Canton courses online in 2020. He recently enrolled in a creative writing course taught by Living Writers Series creator and Associate Professor Phil K. LaMarche. Smith said he appreciated LaMarche’s direction and encouragement, especially as a non-traditional student balancing career and family obligations

“I love being able to take classes online. It’s a far cry from my days as an art student, commuting two hours each way from my hometown in Connecticut to the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan,” Smith explained. “I dropped out just shy of finishing my sophomore year, and now I’m slowly inching my way toward completing my bachelor’s degree. When I finally get to don my graduation cap, I’ll be too old and arthritic to toss it in the air.”

Smith was a stand-up comic and improv actor before receiving his TV break on “Conan” in 2016. A few years later, his appearance on Comedy Central’s “This is Not Happening” show went viral, amassing nearly 6 million views on YouTube. His first album, “Barely Regal,” was released in 2019, and he has appeared on “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” and Kevin Hart’s LOL Network.

“After having Doug in my class, I knew immediately that we had to bring him to campus,” LaMarche said. “It's an exciting turn for the Living Writers Series to host a stand-up comic, and I hope everyone comes out to share in the laughs and take part in an insightful discussion of the mechanics of comedy.”

For more information view the Living Writers Series webpage.

About SUNY Canton

As Northern New York's premier college for career-driven bachelor's degrees, associate degrees and professional certificate programs, SUNY Canton delivers quality hands-on programs in engineering technology, management, and healthcare fields. It is home to the Center for Criminal Justice, Intelligence and Cybersecurity. Faculty members are noted for their professional real-world experience in addition to outstanding academic credentials. As SUNY's leader in online education, SUNY Canton OnLine offers hundreds of flexible and convenient courses as well as 23 online degree programs. The SUNY Canton Kangaroos 15 traditional athletic teams compete at the NCAA Division III level as part of the North Atlantic Conference. SUNY Canton also features varsity esports and cheerleading.