Humor Issue 2023
Cover Design Credit:Scott Southwick
Cover Photography Credit:Brent Brown
Xpress starts off 2023 with a laugh in our annual Humor Issue. You’ll find our staff’s parodic predictions of the year ahead, a full page of comics by local artist Brent Brown and much more.
Q&A: Kent Purser discusses the mission behind his free joke hotlineYes, Kent Purser is full of jokes, as his hotline reveals. But his thoughts behind the free service extend beyond any given punchline.
Local artists explore symbolism in new exhibitOpening on Friday, Jan. 6, 'Insignia' will occupy Blue Spiral 1's lower level gallery with works by numerous local and Charlotte-based artists.
Local creatives speak to the power of comedyXpress speaks with local writers, visual artists, musicians and other members of the creative community about the benefits humor brings to artistic projects and productions.
Western Carolina Writers’ Showcase blossoms at The Grey EagleThe Western Carolina Writers' Showcase makes its Grey Eagle debut.
Around Town: Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance plans 20th anniversary showThe Terpsicorps Theatre of Dance hires a new managing director and plans big 20th anniversary. Plus, a local author recounts his Mediterranean Sea adventures, Asheville Mardi Gras marks Twelfth Night and…
(HUMOR) The ceiling is the roofPIE.ZAA's offerings go through the roof, Billy Cardine partners with Asheville's premier tea room and an A-B Tech culinary student hits the fast-food jackpot.
What’s new in food: The Indigenous Walls Project expands with Indigenous MarketsIndigenous Markets launches Saturday, Jan. 21 at 46 Aston St. Also: 7 Clans Brewing and the Trucking Delicious food truck team up for the first 2023 Sunday Brunch event; Bold…
Wellness roundup: Detention center distributes hygiene products upon releasePeople who leave the Buncombe County Detention Facility now receive care kits containing toiletries and personal items upon their departure. The kits include a comb, HotHands hand warmers, sanitizing wipes,…
Businesses put humor to work along Asheville’s ‘pun corridor’One local transit corridor inspires daily grins — and groans — through its plethora of clever roadside signs and business names. Running roughly from Mostly Import Auto Repair on Biltmore…
(HUMOR) Dear MorganMorgan Bost, the host of Mountain Xpress' monthly 'Best Medicine' humor column, imagines the woes of local institutions and responds with sage advice.
Asheville Archives: Billy Borne’s 1923 cartoonsLocal topics featured in Billy Borne's 1923 collection include issues concerning the city's growth, Asheville's improved economic outlook, marketing efforts, tourism and hotel development.
Meat of the matter
Letter: Stop building and figure out what water system can handle"Time to put a hiatus on new buildings and structures and talk to experts on what the infrastructure can handle."
(HUMOR) Page Ragan’s Investment CornerXpress asked local musician and 'Best Medicine' humor column contributor Page Ragan to share her advice on local investment opportunities for 2023. She provided four dynamite startup pitches that will…
Year to year
(HUMOR) Xpressers almanac: What’s ahead for 2023?What will Chuck Edwards find in outgoing Rep. Madison Cawthorn's abandoned Washington office? How will clever Asheville residents avoid paying for parking? Xpress staffers offer their satirical predictions for the…
(HUMOR) How I learned to stop worrying and … tolerate pickleballXpress reporter Edwin Arnaudin takes on Asheville Watchdog's Answer Man John Boyle and friends as he tries to learn just what the pickleball craze is all about.