Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Laugh Your Asheville Off: The Largest Comedy Festival in the Southeast Returns to Western North Carolina

It's another great week to be vacationing (or better yet, living) in Western North Carolina. As summer begins to wind down, the fun does not. As the old saying goes: "Laughter is the best medicine." We believe that and would love for you to come on out to Asheville this week and get a full dose. It's just what the doctor ordered.

Downtown Asheville hosts the 6th Annual Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival this week from August 14 through August 18. Considered to be one of the largest and most respected stand-up comedy events in the country, the festival prides itself on focusing on pure comedy and the art (and artists) of stand-up comedyand the enjoyment of both. This festival does not focus on competition. 

The event is a big draw not only the public, but also for the top comedy producers and representatives who come to the festival to scout out fresh new comedic talent. Tickets to this event sell-out quickly, so don't wait too long to get yours.

Last Comic Standing producer Charlie Gerencer and New York Times best-selling cookbook author and stand-up comedian Greg Brown team up to produce the festival.

The comedy lineup occurs in various locations throughout downtown Asheville. Venues include the Highland Brewing Company, The Pulp at the Orange Peel, Diana Wortham Theater at Pack Square, the Altamont Theater, and the Lexington Avenue Brewery. Plan to see one or plan to see them all, the choice is yours.

Stand-up comedians featured on the lineup include Matt Fulchiron, Seaton Smith, Nate Craig, M. Dickson, Ryan Singer, Tim Northern, and Tom Simmons. You can visit the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival website for more information. Click on the Festival Lineup tab for days, times, locations, and comedian bios. Ticketing information and pricing are also available on the website.

Plan to stay in Asheville and be close to the comedy circuit as it comes through town while also enjoying the local restaurants, coffee houses, unique shops, art museums, and all that Asheville has to offer. As you plan your stay, be sure to visit's events calendar to find out about all of the fun things to do while you're here.

If you've been to the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival in the past, tell us about it in our comment section. We'd like to know who you saw, who made you laugh, and who made you laugh until you cried.

In the meantime, we'll leave you with a line from one of our favorite Southern comedians:

"I've never been jealous. Not even when my dad finished fifth grade a year before I did. " ~ Jeff Foxworthy

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