STAR-BULLETIN / MARCH 2002
Augie T. goes back to school
You can't go back to your teen years, but you can go back to your old high school. Augie T., Farrington '86, goes back on Tuesday for the taping of his next comedy DVD, "Augie T.: Then and Now."
Place: Farrington High School auditorium
Time: 8 p.m. Tuesday
Tickets: $20, available at Local Motion stores
Call: 255-9343 or www.augietulba.com.
Also: Augie T. appears at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at Esprit Nightclub, Sheraton Waikiki. Cover is $10. Call 921-4600
The show starts at 8 p.m., but the fun begins an hour earlier when the audience is invited to walk down a Hollywood-style "red carpet" -- and possibly be stopped for paparazzi-style photographs or interviews by "reporters" in formal attire.
Excerpts from the show and pre-show entertainment will be included on the DVD, along with clips from Augie's recent mainland tours, to represent the "Now" of the title. His stories of growing up poor and abused in public housing will make up "Then."
Part of the admission proceeds will go to Augie's "Speak the Dream Foundation," providing college scholarships.
This has been a busy summer for Augie, who has been expanding his repertoire while entertaining on the mainland. Like Andy Bumatai a generation ago, Augie is moving beyond local-style comedy and developing a broader spectrum of material. Expect the "local boy" to be in full effect on Tuesday, however.
Augie has also expanded his performance schedule at the Sheraton Waikiki. He now headlines the Esprit Nightclub Wednesdays and Thursdays with a 90-minute revue.
Expect the DVD to be available around Thanksgiving.
Question: It's been 20 years since you graduated from Farrington. How long has it been since you last went to the Farrington campus?
Answer: 20 years.
Q: What are the biggest changes since you were there last?
A: The Samoan kids are not as big as the ones I went to school with. No manapua truck selling food across the street during lunch.
Q: Did you have a favorite class?
A: Drama. Mr. Kau, my drama teacher, saw something I didn't see.
Q: If they named a room or building for you, what would it be?
A: Why does it have to be a room or building? Why can't it be a stadium or the Augie T. High School?
Q: If you could do high school over, would you do anything differently?
A: Yes! I would have studied harder and listened. I am the luckiest guy in the world. I travel, I sit in big meetings (and) I speak in front of large groups, but my insecurities about not having gone to college, my struggle with dyslexia, and my goofing off in high school, keeps me from being confident at times.
Q: Do you have any advice for the Class of '07?
A: Yes! Speak the dream! What this means is, when you start talking about your dreams and goals out loud, you keep yourself accountable to your family, friends and the world. Start telling people your dreams and goals.