A. J. Smith derives his Cajun humor directly from southwest Louisiana where he and his family have lived for many generations. A. J. sees humor in everyday life as well as his friends' ventures into mainstream America. The influence of Catholicism in Cajun culture is evident by his stories about priests, nuns, and parishioners. He often draws upon what happens when traditional Cajun culture meets modern American life. When he's not telling funny stories he's a pipe draftsman and designer, husband and father. A. J. has a history of entertaining audiences at supper clubs, conventions, and business banquets across the country and on cruise ships.