I was standing in the lobby talking with Stewart Huff after his show when it hit me—someday, hopefully soon, I’ll tell people I saw Stewart Huff at a small venue and chatted with him after the performance and they won’t believe me, it will be like,“Really, THE Stewart Huff?” Mr. Huff has something to say, says it well, and makes you laugh saying it—more on this later. In the meantime go see him now while he still performs in small venues.

An educator, an environmentalist, and a hippie walk into a bar… 

My daughter flew in for the weekend; it was the best father’s day gift she could’ve given me. She lives and teaches in Orlando, but had spent the first part of the week in Washington DC promoting education initiatives. Her BFF is an environmental attorney who works in DC; she joined us in Indy. I’m the hippie. Stewart began his show with new material. The audience of about 50 was the beta test group. Among other topics, he held forth on education and the environment. He was preachin’ to the choir.

And then there was Darwin vs. Rednecks

Darwin vs. Rednecks is an example of stand-up comedy at its best—the truth, presented with passion from an insightful perspective by an accomplished performer. As I watched the show, I wondered who influenced Stewart Huff. He was comfortable (and funny) sharing uncomfortable truths. We can trace the tradition of uncomfortable, but true, humor back to Lenny Bruce whose torch was picked up by George Carlin. Others such as Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, and Chris Rock have made us squirm as we laughed. That’s what this show did. Laugh and squirm. Squirm and laugh. Please don’t get the wrong impression. It wasn’t rude or vulgar (although there is adult language) he didn’t blindly attack institutions and people (but he did point out their thought processing errors) and he wasn’t cruel or unkind (but he wasn’t afraid to turn over stones and look beneath.) Stewart is as thought-provoking as he is personable; it was as if he was holding forth in my living room.

Why Does He do it?

At the end of the show, Stewart shared a few confrontations he’s had with audience members. It seems his views aren’t always popular. Go figure. I won’t go into detail rather than to say they were hilarious in their insanity. He plays venues where he wonders if he’ll get paid, clubs where audiences stare at him in silent anger, and where people do things to his car. As we chatted with Stewart after the show, someone asked him why he continues to play these clubs, and he told us it was because sometimes he makes a difference. For example, a gentleman recently approached after a show and said, “I don’t like what you say…but you might be right.” Go see him while you can, you might not like everything he has to say, but you’ll think about it while you’re laughing.

Look For Stewart at Indy Fringe August, 2015.

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