Kevin Smith is a great storyteller.

Well, yes, he's also the writer/director of "Clerks," "Mallrats," "Chasing Amy," "Dogma," "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" and "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" (and the actor who always plays Silent Bob). And yes, you don't make people belly laugh as lustily and often as Smith does without being able to tell a story.

But we're talking about anecdotalizing in a lecture and conversation. Anyone who has ever heard Smith tell his tale of trying to write a Superman script for the late mega-mogul Jon Peters (you can find an edited version of it on YouTube) knows that he's one of the great Hollywood tale-tellers.

He's also one of the great living Hollywood troublemakers, for which by all means ponder the nondistribution of his film "Red State" (which was about sex-avid teens in a life and death struggle with fundamentalists and the ATF; it's out on video).

Smith will bring his truly delightful self to lecture in the University at Buffalo Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, to be followed by a Q&A session. Fittingly, there will be a pre-show appearance at 6:30 p.m. in the Atrium by the local North Ridge "Star Wars" FanForce in full costume. Tickets are $39.50 (box office,

Not exactly a David Niven-style Hollywood raconteur but a great one nevertheless. And, it seems to me, irresistible the day after Election Day.

Jeff Simon