If your dad can’t drink, just have a soda with the old man

Dad expects so much. Children do too. Ernie Smith, who takes the stage after a long hiatus from any stage, had expectations of his father, and his father of him. All of it can lead to cheating one and the other of time together.

Ernie on Ernie: My wife Heather and I are local indie filmmakers. In the past six years, we’ve made over a dozen films. Many of which have gone on to film festivals around the country and the world, where they have won numerous awards. In what seems like another lifetime ago, I was also the lead singer and writer in a band. That band was semi-successful, performing from Boston to Austin and all places in between. Other than making movies, I love taking photos of people. This will be my first time performing in front of a crowd in over a dozen years.

Drink with dad

This episode may contain some strong language, but, really, not much.

Ernie Smith greets his friend, Pam Good, before telling his story about his dad.

Ernie Smith greets his friend, Pam Good, before telling his story about his dad. (Amber Nettles)


About Tell Me More… Live Storytelling: Everyone has a story, and there are plenty of storytelling events and podcasts around the world to showcase them. We’re not that different – except we tell stories mostly from a small stage in a mid-size military town. See the show regularly at the Push Comedy Theater in Norfolk, Va. As a hat tip to the improv theater, each show has a one-word theme. For upcoming shows, please find the schedule here. If you have a story you think fits one of the upcoming themes, sign up here.

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