The Cajuns of southwest Louisiana are known for their country humor but, with the collaborative efforts of humorists Murray Conque, Dave Petitjean, and AJ Smith, collectively known as the Cajun Kings of Comedy, the limits have been pushed even further. Their debut album, Cajun Humor Fest, was released in early 2002 and offers only a hint of their laugh-inspiring performances. The Cajun Kings of Comedy span the full range of French Louisiana humor. Smith (born Allen Joseph Smith Jr.), built his reputation with humorous tales about the role of Catholicism in the Cajun society and the meeting of Cajun traditions and the modern world. Storyteller/accordionist Conque was voted the Best Cajun Comedian by readers of Lifestyle magazine and included in Who's Who in Professional Speaking. Petitjean is best-known for his acting, having appeared in 15 films, including The Big Easy and In the Heat of the Night. Smith and Conque previously collaborated on a book, Cajun Humor, published by Acadian House Publishing in 1997. Petitjean and Smith joined together to record an album, Swapping Stories, in 1993.
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