Anyone who’s seen a comedy show in major LA area clubs over the past 15 years has come to love Frazer Smith. A legendary rock DJ on numerous LA radio stations for decades, Smith honed an anarchic, Howard Stern-style show that propelled him to the top of the ratings for a full quarter-century from 1977 to 2002.
When the bland corporatization of major radio stations left him out in the cold, Smith adapted smoothly to become the most popular MC in LA comedy in addition to becoming a hot standup in Las Vegas. He launched an on-air comeback four years ago with a Sunday night show at his old stomping grounds on KLOS-FM, and on Saturday night he will be bringing both of his worlds together as the host and booker of the “Frazer Smith and the KLOS Cast from Misfit Island” show at the Ice House comedy club in Pasadena.
“What makes this fun is that it’s all regulars from my radio show,” Smith says, referring to the 10-comic lineup. “Most of the people that are regulars on my show are standups. We’re talking Rick Reynolds, the film guy on my show each week, plus my producer Mel Garcia, former ‘TMZ’ bullpen guy Brian McDaniel, Brody Stevens, and Don Barris and the Ding Dong Crew from the Comedy Store.
“Taylor Brooks, who does voices on the show, will be there, plus Randy Kagan and the 420 Comic Jeff Peterson too. It’s an untraditional lineup, but they’re all good standups and utterly crazy people,” adds Smith.
The show is intended to celebrate the success of the radio show, and give their fans a chance to interact with its on-air personalities. Smith has been keeping his live game sharp, continuing to host shows at the Ice House on Thursday nights, the Laugh Factory’s Friday night Midnight Madness show and Saturday shows at the Improv in Hollywood.
Smith is also looking forward to the strong possibility that KLOS will have him provide comedic commentary on the next Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. The station opted to sit out this year’s parade, but there appear to be positive signs that Smith and his crew will be helping get 2019 off to a righteously raucous start. But for now, he’s happy honing his rapid-fire array of news jokes.
“The style I’ve been trying to do is the old Rodney Dangerfield style,” says Smith. “Not many are doing one liners, so I’m one of the only guys in the marketplace to do that. They’re really rapid-fire jokes, but if you watch the old YouTube clips on Carson, you’ve got to get the momentum when you do it that quickly. It’s a fun style that can light up a room.
“The stuff I’m joking about is Trump, Clinton, Kavanaugh, Roseanne, all the-hot button topics, which is what I’ve always tried to do,” he continues. “I pretty much study everything, looking at my TMZ app and the news, trying to figure out what’s topical. Rodney would do a lot about his life, wife, doctor and dog, but traditionally one liner guys like Johnny Carson, Bob Hope and David Letterman do topical stuff. Certainly these days there is no lack of topics. The news writes your set for you. I’m having a ball and it seems to be connecting.”
“Frazer Smith and the KLOS Cast from Misfit Island” performs at 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ice House, 24 N. Mentor Ave., Pasadena. Tickets are $10. Call (626) 577-1894 or visit icehousecomedy.com.