St. Louis’ Robust Theater Scene Inspired Smith Sisters’ Entertainment Aspirations

The American entertainment industry owes its credit to St. Louis for the creativity that has fueled some of the most popular shows these days. And that includes the Smith sisters.

Lauren Ashley Smith is the chief writer and co-executive producer of HBO’s Emmy-nominated “A Black Lady Sketch Show”. Rachel Smith has a diverse background working with Sesame Street and the TIDAL music streaming service and is now the Assistant Director of Social Media External Relations and Development at Columbia Business School. And Mariah Smith runs the popular Kardashian blog “Keeping Up with the Continuity Errors” and writes for the Fox sitcom “Outmatched”.

The three have now teamed up to host their new SiriusXM initiative, Smith Sisters Live, a six-week pop culture show. It got off to a good start late last month when Andy Cohen of St. Louis was inducted into the program during its launch.

The sisters appreciate their parents’ commitment to the local art and theater scene because they sparked their interest in show business. They saw almost every tour show at the Fox Theater, Black Rep, and Muny, and regularly tuned in to 5 On Your Side’s “Show Me St. Louis” lifestyle program. Attending plays, musicals, speeches, and debates during middle and high school all helped improve their entertainment skills.

On Thursday in St. Louis on the Air, the Smith sisters spoke to host Sarah Fenske about how their St. Louis roots have impacted their life and career prospects.

“St. Louis on the Air “tells you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill and Lara Hamdan. The audio engineer is Aaron Doerr.

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