This year’s Asheville Comedy Festival features four separate comedy showcases with 44 comedians from across the United States and Canada. It kicks off Thursday, Aug. 9, at Highland Brewing Co., before moving to The Diana Wortham Theatre for three more showcases on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 10 and 11.
The former “30 Rock” actor brings his latest stand-up show to The Orange Peel on June 23.
“We always say, ‘It takes a village to run this place,’” says Amy Marshall, who owns the West Asheville venue with her partner, Tamy Kuper.
There’s typically a time limit for each presenter, and some open mics have a theme or a host to usher the evening along, but what happens in front of the microphone is, truly, wide open to possibility.
The Atlanta-based standup and “Tonight Show” alum performs at The Southern on May 19.
Comedy duo The Fun Bags performs its new show three times May 10-11 at The Mothlight.
The star-studded benefit for Our VOICE is set for April 23 at The Mothlight.
Producers Erin Terry and Melissa Hahn and comedian Mimi J Benfield discuss the impact Eyes Up Here has had on the North Carolina standup scene.
The Chicago-based comedian performs on a bill with Harpeet Ess and Liz Greenwood on Feb. 25 at Fleetwood’s.
The Memphis-based standup comedian performs at The Southern on Feb. 17.
Celebrate the multifaceted emotion this year, with a multitude of local events.
The New York City standup comedian plays The Southern on Jan. 20.
The two-day comedy/variety extravaganza to benefit Arms Around ASD takes place Jan. 19-20 at The Magnetic Theater.
Local comedians talk craft and the potential for Asheville’s comedy scene.
The Chicago-based comedian performs at The Southern Kitchen and Bar on Saturday, Dec. 23.
Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher guide viewers through oddball VHS offerings culled from thrift stores and garage sales on Dec. 15 at The Grey Eagle.
On Saturday, Dec. 9, Christine Garvin, her dance students and her professional dance troupe will be bringing back a much-loved seasonal tradition, Ho-Ho-Holiday Rewind — a hilariously entertaining holiday-themed variety show that’s had Asheville audiences giggling since 2012.
Country/folk musician Austin Lucas and comedian Ryan Singer stop by The Odditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 8 p.m.
The Charlotte native and ‘Mindy Project’ cast member visits The Grey Eagle for 7 and 9:30 p.m. shows on Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 23.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features the first album by local band Hustle Souls, a new location for Urban Dharma, and Poetry Cabaret’s reflections on performing at Capital Fringe Festival.
Each night of the festival features a completely different showcase of comics, most of whom are making their first appearance in Asheville. “We keep a very wide revolving door with fresh talent coming in,” says executive producer Charlie Gerencer.