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Comin’ For to Carry Me Home with Spanky Brown

Every once in a while you meet somebody who has so much charm, wit and kindness, that we all fall under their spell. Such was the case with my guest on this episode of Learning To Fail, Spanky Brown (nee Byron Yeldell). Spanky died just over a week ago, on the road, doing what he…

Inside the Wall with Nick Taylor

Full Disclosure. Nick is one of my really close friends. We only met a couple of years ago, but our first outing was a trip to Greenville, SC to perform comedy. 3 hours of driving; 2 hours of waiting; 5 minutes of stage time. That’s the life of an aspiring comic. It was only my…

Deep in the Zone with Joel Pace

Joel Pace taught me everything I know about Stand Up Comedy. At least that’s probably how he’d describe it. 🙂 But for real, this guy did so much for me and my comedy. They say you can’t teach funny, and maybe that’s true, but I went to comedy school with Joel and one of his…

Am I a Weird Girl? with Grayson Morris

Sitting down with Grayson Morris was extremely fulfilling. She’s one of my favorite Asheville comedians both in terms of her material and her attitude toward work. She works really hard. She’s also into a bunch of pretty off-beat stuff, like puppet shows and clown school. And everything she’s learned makes its way into her act.…

Two Jokes Are Better Than One with Becca Steinhoff and Herbie Gill

Becca and Herbie are New York based comics who return to Asheville every year to get out of the city, see some family, and check out the new crop of comedians our community is cultivating. I bumped into them at an open mic and after exchanging just a few words with Becca, I realized I…