LYAO: Laugh Your Asheville Off
August 15-17, 2013
The Largest Comedy Festival in the Southeast.
In only five years the Laugh Your Asheville Off festival has become one of the largest and most respected stand-up comedy events in the country. The event attracts top comedy producers and representatives that will be in attendance to scout the hottest new comedic talent.
The festival prides itself on its non-competitive nature, as the producers of Laugh Your Asheville Off believe stand-up should be enjoyed not judged. Last Comic Standing producer Charlie Gerencer and New York Times best selling cookbook author and stand-up comedian Greg Brown produce the festival. Charlie & Greg were the perfect storm in getting Laugh Your Asheville Off to where it is today. Bringing comedy to Asheville was one thing, but bringing a successful, non-formulaic, comedy festival in the age of big name competition festivals was another thing entirely.
The combination of Greg’s vision as a comic and Charlie’s experience producing major live events and TV comedy shows has been a perfect marriage for making the festival what it is today. In a town thousands of miles away from Hollywood they have accomplished what no other festival has: selling out shows without competitive formats and garnering attention from the “industry” on their own terms.