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Kevin Smith brings humor, introspection to Music Hall show

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Kevin Smith attends The Paley Center for Media's Annual Los Angeles Benefit at The Rooftop Of The Lot on October 22, 2012 in West Hollywood, Calif. Frederick M.

Kevin Smith

When: 8 p.m. Saturday

Admission: $45-$100

Where: Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead, Munhall

Details: 412-368-5225; www.librarymusichall.com

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If this movie thing doesn't work out, Kevin Smith should consider stand-up comedy. Although his recent movies haven't met with much success (critically or financially), he has a very sturdy cult following, that counts many Hollywood stars and local Pittsburghers among its adherents.

The New Jersey filmmaker's ultra-low-budget debut “Clerks” (1994) played a big part in the independent filmmaking boom of the 1990s, and Smith's simple technique and dialogue-heavy style was a huge influence on filmmaking at the time. In person, he's remarkably self-deprecating and self-aware, with a great sense of comic timing, which he'll likely show off when he comes to the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead on Saturday night.

In fact, he's kind of building a comedy brand beyond making raunchy romantic comedies for (mostly) dudes. His online podcasting empire (www.smodcast.com) and TV show “Comic Book Men” proves that he has in-front-of-the-camera (and microphone) talent.

The New Jersey-based filmmaker has made two movies in Pittsburgh — “Dogma” (1999) and “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” (2008) — so, expect some local stories about antics during the filming. At the wrap party for “Zack and Miri Make a Porno,” he did his version of a stand-up set, and held his own with stars like Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson.

Smith is known for doing long, question-and-answer sessions, with lots of audience interaction, film clips and the occasional verbal takedown of a heckler or two — though those are rarer these days, as his audience becomes more stacked toward super-fans. He has five “An Evening with Kevin Smith” DVDs, so there's always a chance he'll be recording for a future release. Expect some comic book talk, too — Smith owns a comic book shop in Red Bank, N.J., where “Comic Book Men” is set. The reality TV show is in its second season on AMC. It airs at 11:30 p.m. Sundays.

There also may be some hockey-related commiseration, as the hardcore New Jersey Devils fan finally has something in common with Pens fans — rage/despair at the NHL lockout.

Michael Machosky is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7901 or mmachosky@tribweb.com

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