Finding America on Finding Asheville with Justin Ferraby of the Orange Peel & Dig Festival
Aug11

Finding America on Finding Asheville with Justin Ferraby of the Orange Peel & Dig Festival

Finding America on Finding Asheville?   Nathan sits down with Justin Ferraby, operations manager at The Orange Peel and Dig Festival organizer for the 48th episode of Finding Asheville. They chat about growing up in the UK, why perhaps you should spend more than $40 on a bottle of wine, how he risked everything to be a U.S. citizen, including an extended time living here illegally, what would compel someone to throw a music festival like Dig Fest that has a mostly local focus, and finally why The Orange Peel has become one of the most successful music venues in the South East.   Listen to the full episode below or here: This episode was recorded at Mojo Coworking at 60 North Market Street in Downtown Asheville.     Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes to download to your listening devices each week and get caught up on past episodes!     Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Asheville Facebook page here. ...

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2 days till Laugh Your Asheville Off, Comedian Spotlight Chris Monty
Aug11

2 days till Laugh Your Asheville Off, Comedian Spotlight Chris Monty

2 days till the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival held August 13th-16th.   Today’s comedian spotlight is on New York comedian Chris Monty. Monty will be headlining the Saturday showcase at Diana Wortham Theatre with 10 fellow comedians. The show starts at 8:00 p.m. and you can get tickets here!   Here is a clip of Monty performing:    More about Monty: Chris Monty is one of New York’s busier comedians. Along with being a regular at New York’s best comedy clubs, Chris is a terrific actor and can be seen in the comedy film “Mall Cop: Blart 2” coming in April 2015.   You may also recognize him from his many appearances in t.v. commercials. He is currently performing Off-Broadway in an original award nominated play that he co-wrote “Shut Up, Sit Down & Eat!” The show will re-open this fall 2014 on Broadway at The Snapple Theatre in New York City.   He has written for “The Joan Rivers Radio Show” and hosted his own show on Long Island’s WGBB radio. Along with numerous stints as an opening act for Joan Rivers and B.B. King, Chris headlines in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Reno.6 days till the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival held August...

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5 days till Laugh Your Asheville Off, where to support six local comics at the festival
Aug08

5 days till Laugh Your Asheville Off, where to support six local comics at the festival

5 days until the 8th annual Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival held August 13th-16th.   Today’s comedian spotlight focuses on where you will be able to find current and past local comics performing at the Laugh Your Asheville Off festival.   Local comedians Taylor Rogers and Art Sturtevant will be performing on the kickoff showcase at Highland Brewery on Wednesday August 13th. Sturtevant has been performing comedy here in Asheville before I even attempted my first open mic back in 2011 and has always been a favorite of mine to watch. Taylor is perhaps best known for hosting Asheville’s very own late night talk show, which he performed last at the Mothlight. Click here to find tickets!   Greenville, S.C. comedian Tom Emmons will be performing his one liners the next evening at the 7:00 p.m. showcase at The Millroom. The Millroom will be playing host to not only the festival, but also comedians Duncan Trussell and Bobcat Goldthwait in the upcoming weeks. So be sure to keep an eye on happenings at the Millroom. Click here to find tickets!   Later Thursday evening Asheville comedian Allie Steinhoff and former Flat Rock comedian Cody Hughes will be performing at the 9:30 p.m. showcase at The Altamont Theater. Steinhoff’s patented dark sense of humor, sarcasm, and at times plain dirty jokes is a joy to watch, especially if you pay attention to audience members’ facial reactions, who quite clearly were not expecting Steinhoff’s style of comedy. I haven’t seen Hughes perform since he left the region to pursue comedy in Chicago, but he was always a favorite of mine to watch especially if things went south during his sets, watching him dig out of intentional holes he dug for himself was comedy gold and hysterical. Click here to find tickets!   Finally local DJ and Asheville audience favorite Minori Hinds will be performing at the last show of the festival Saturday night at the Diana Wortham Theatre. There is very few local showcases Hinds is not a part of and perhaps is the comic since I started paying attention to the Asheville comedy scene in 2011 that has improved the most. Click here to find tickets!   So for those of you that like to preach support local, here is your opportunity to support local comics at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy...

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6 days till Laugh Your Asheville Off, Comedian spotlight Chris Porter
Aug07

6 days till Laugh Your Asheville Off, Comedian spotlight Chris Porter

6 days till the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival held August 13th-16th.   Today’s comedian spotlight is on the headliner of the festival comedian Chris Porter. Porter will be headlining the kickoff show of the festival Wednesday night at Highland Brewery. Click here for tickets!   Here is a clip of Porter performing:   More about Porter: Best known for his third place finish on the season 4 of Last Comic Standing, . Chris can also be seen on his own “Comedy Central Presents” special and “Live at Gotham”. Chris Porter has been a touring comic since he was 23. Since the beginning Chris’ raw energy and unique perspective has distinguished him as one of the elite comics in the industry.   Born and raised in Kansas City, Chris brings a true stand-up experience to his live shows. There are no sound cues, no puppets, and no catch phrases. Just gut wrenching laughter drawn from his own experience and observations. Chris can also be seen on his own “Comedy Central Presents” special and “Live at Gotham”....

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7 days till Laugh Your Asheville Off, Comedian spotlight Dave Stone
Aug06

7 days till Laugh Your Asheville Off, Comedian spotlight Dave Stone

UPDATE**** Due to a scheduling conflict Stone will not be appearing in this year’s festival We are seven days out from my favorite Asheville festival of the year, the 8th annual Laugh Your Asheville Off festival held August 13th-16th among various venues across town including Highland Brewery, The Millroom, The Altamont Theater, and Diana Wortham Theatre.   Today’s comedian spotlight focuses on Dave Stone who will appear on Saturday’s showcase at Diana Wortham Theatre starting at 8:00 p.m. Click here for tickets!   Here is a clip of Stone performing:   Stone should be a familiar face to the Asheville comedy scene as he was once one of the beards in the now defunct Beards of Comedy tour that appeared in Asheville regularly. Some of my favorite facts about Stone include when he moved to Los Angeles to pursue stand up full time he decided to live out of his van to save money and focus on stand up. Watch a short documentary about Dave living in a van below:   Stone is currently shooting a documentary about adopting a raw vegan diet, a fact I learned when he appeared on the very popular podcast You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes. Stone was also selected as one of the 100 comedians to try out for this season’s NBC Last Comic Standing.   More about Stone from LA Weekly: In Atlanta, Dave Stone was at the top of the stand-up food chain. He did vocal work on Adult Swim series Squidbillies, was named one of CMT’s “Next Big Comics” and regularly toured solo and as a member of the Beards of Comedy, who released their second album through Comedy Central.   On his way up, he’d been a radio DJ, worked in a BBQ restaurant, ran his own landscaping company, served as an undercover security guard for a grocery chain and tour managed for wrestler Chris Jerico’s heavy-metal band Fozzy. Dozens upon dozens of other temporary gigs paid the bills and gave him the necessary flexibility to feature for the likes of Brian Regan, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Marc Maron and John Mulaney.   But if he wanted to make it as a full-time, headlining comic himself, he needed to move out of Atlanta. After two years of planning and saving, in January 2012 Stone finished decking out the inside of a white cargo van with carpet lining, a sawed-off mattress, tan swivel chair, metal bar to hang shirts, cooler, battery-operated fan, curtains his mother sewed and a triple set of plastic drawers conscientiously labeled “Food,” “Not Food” and “Stuff.” He then drove from Atlanta to Los Angeles, and...

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