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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When life gives you lemons, well you know with Anthony Cerrato of Strada on Finding Asheville
Aug04

When life gives you lemons, well you know with Anthony Cerrato of Strada on Finding Asheville

When life gives you lemons…   Nathan sits down with Chef Anthony Cerrato owner of Strada Italiano and owner of Social Lounge and Tapas for the 47th episode of Finding Asheville. They chat about growing up in New Jersey, how a conversation with a future Dean of AB Tech Culinary Institute changed his path from a architecture to culinary, why the advice you need to balance your work life with your family life may be bankrupt advice, and why improvisation has been so key to his career.   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...

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Stung by passion with Erika Jane of Red Honey
Jul28

Stung by passion with Erika Jane of Red Honey

Stung by passion?   Nathan sits down with Erika Jane of Red Honey for the 46th episode of the Finding Asheville podcast. We chat about growing up in Vail, Colorado, what is was like to grow up with parents that switched careers often, what inspired her to pick up a guitar in the first place, whether her being a female lead of a rock and roll band affects her growth in the industry and what may be next for the band Red Honey.   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...

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The love of farming with Anne Grier of Gaining Ground Farm on Finding Asheville
Jul21

The love of farming with Anne Grier of Gaining Ground Farm on Finding Asheville

The love of farming…   Nathan sits down with Anne Grier of Gaining Ground Farm for the 45th episode of the Finding Asheville podcast. They chat about growing up in Virginia, why farming was always her passion, how an organic vegetarian restaurant in Brevard, N.C. was her introduction to organic farming, the pathway to opening Gaining Ground Farm, and why despite the hardships of farming she has never thought about leaving the profession.   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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No excuses just prove yourself with Danny Reed of Hot Stuff Tattoo on Finding Asheville
Jul14

No excuses just prove yourself with Danny Reed of Hot Stuff Tattoo on Finding Asheville

Photo Credit: Diana Rothery But what if…shut up and go to work!   Nathan sits down with Danny Reed owner of Hot Stuff Tattoo, for the 44th episode of the Finding Asheville podcast. They chat about growing up in Charleston, S.C., why art was always a part of his life, how he learned to tattoo, why success comes down to pursuing what you are good at and staying consistent, why despite financial constraints you really can do whatever you put your mind to as long as you prove yourself, why being versatile as a tattoo artist is the key to running a successful tattoo shop, and whether or not the recent growth of West Asheville has been truly great for the neighborhood.    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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