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Comedian Augie T.

The Gift of Gab Got Me Where I Am

August 3, 2017

Augie T. is a comedian who has been named the Aloha State’s funniest comic by The Honolulu Star-Bulletin. Before taking part in a Smithsonian/Zócalo “What It Means to Be American” panel discussion in Honolulu, supported by the Daniel K. Inouye Institute, entitled “Does Hawaii Have America’s Strongest Sense of Identity?” he chatted in the green room about Ricky Martin’s biography, long plane flights, and sexy names.

Q: How’d you get your name?
A: My real name is Augusto. My grandpa is Filipino, from …

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