Cash came to realize that some of his challenges, such as insomnia, depression and anxiety, could be harnessed to feed his comedy work and to find meaning in confusion and chaos.
Asheville-based improvisers are a key part of the festival. “You’ll get to see a lot of the talent that’s already here in Asheville,” says Clifton Hall, the dean of AIC. “I would put some of our shows up against any other great show that you might see. There’s great improv here.”
Want to add an extra layer of intrigue to your recreation? Try a costumes community bike ride, an LGBTQ+ walking tour, an escape adventure or a figure drawing salon.
**UPDATE: EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED** The revered standups tape a comedy special at The Mothlight on Aug. 17.
The 51 comedians who made the cut for the 2019 Asheville Comedy Festival, previously known as Laugh Your Asheville Off, will perform at three venues (Diana Wortham Theatre, Highland Brewing and LaZoom Room) Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 7-10.
The New York City-based stand-up performs at LaZoom Room on July 19 and 20.
Trae Crowder, aka the Liberal Redneck, Crowder will perform in Asheville with fellow standup artists Drew Morgan and Corey Ryan Forrester on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14.
The comedy stage show runs July 12-14 at The Magnetic Theatre.
“I tell myself, ‘If I’m going to do comedy the rest of my life, what’s the rush?’” Attanasio says.
‘Rules and How to Break Them’ opens Thursday, June 20, and will run for six performances at The Bebe Theater.
On Thursday, June 6, internationally acclimated comedienne Elvira Kurt will take the stage at the Diana Wortham Theatre, where she will participate in Sisters Doin’ It For Ourselves, a benefit for Helpmate Women’s Shelter.
Four of Washington, DC’s top female comics perform May 25 at LaZoom Room.
The second iteration is slated for Monday, April 22, at The Mothlight with Chris Rodrigues and Abby the Spoon Lady, Laura Blackley and Tina & Her Pony; Forty Fingers & a Missing Tooth; Hilliary Begley; Tom Peters; Josh McClure of Jus Twerk; Kathleen Hahn of Danceclub Asheville; Kevin Evans and Lauren Napoli of Aerial Space.
The Chicago horror-comedy ensemble brings its brand of horror-comedy to The Mothlight on April 23.
Four accomplished comics — two from Western North Carolina and two based in Colorado — bravely bring their humorous stand-up to The Magnetic Theatre.
The comedian headlines an all-Atlanta show on March 23 at LaZoom Room.
Kevin “KevOnStage” Fredericks, Tony Baker and Tahir Moore perform at River of Life Full Gospel Church on March 9.
“It feels like a home game,” Kondabolu says of performing in Asheville. “I have a bunch of folks who I don’t have to explain as much to and who are excited that I’m there.”
There will be three comics each night, plus an emcee. The Saturday closer, Michael Palascak, a finalist on “Last Comic Standing,” has performed on every late-night show.