The Magnetic Theatre is takes pride in being able to offer a diverse array of performance styles- ranging from variety shows, stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy to Asheville audiences.  

The Magnetic Comedy Series is curated by our Associate Producer Rodney Smith. You can find out more about these upcoming performances by visiting this page. 

Comedy performances are offered throughout the year. Check back frequently or follow us on Facebook for the latest updates.  

The Magnetic Comedy Showcase

….with headliner Derrick Stroup!

The Magnetic Theatre continues to bring Asheville big laughs at the hands of the best professional stand-up comics, both locally and nationally. On Friday, April 12th come join us for a cavalcade of comedy, featuring headliner Derrick Stroup.   The Alabama born, Colorado-based comic will be joined by fellow Colorodan Kyle Pogue, and Asheville comics Hilliary Begley and Cody Hughes.  

Come laugh with us at this one-night only, East meets West, stand-up comedy convergence.

Showtime: April 12, 2019 – 7:30 PM – Doors open at 7 PM
Tickets: $12 (plus $2 for applicable tax and service fees)
The Magnetic Theatre – 375 Depot St. Asheville, NC


Alabama native and stand-up Comedian Derrick Stroup is not your average slow talking Southerner. With the cadence of a pissed off auctioneer, he locks people in with detailed stories and over the top energy. He started doing Comedy 8 years ago in Jacksonville, Alabama. His angry rants and silly mishaps eventually gained local attention and his bi-monthly Comedy show was born. Derrick moved to Denver, Colorado in 2015 and has never looked back. Since then he has become a regular at several clubs in the State and his unique brand of angry Southern Comedy is starting to gain him some national recognition as well. Recently he was a finalist in the New Faces Competition at the world-famous Comedy Works in Denver.  He tours the South regularly and has opened for Frank Caliendo, Brian Posehn and Josh Blue to name a few. Derrick loves a Waffle House that's clean and cares about its customers.

Cody is a comedian from Western North Carolina who Maria Bamford once called “a delightful beast.” He’s opened for national acts like Lewis Black, John Oliver, and Mike Birbiglia and has performed all over the Southeast and Midwest.

Kyle is a stand-up comedian from Colorado (pronounced Col-o-ray-do). In a mad and frightening world, he embraces debauchery as a way of life and believes that laughing in the face of everything that scares us is the only way to survive. He was a finalist in the Denver Comedy Works New Faces & Funny Final Four Competition, as well as The Best of Fort Collins Competition. He has appeared on the High Plains Comedy Festival 2017 & 2018, the Altercation Festival 2017 & 2018, the Longmont Laugh Fest and the Red River Comedy Festival. Pogue is a regular opener for Mishka Shubaly on the road and has worked with Doug Stanhope, Adam Cayton-Holland, Kyle Kinane, Rory Scovel, Beth Stelling, Nate Bargatze, Hannibal Burress and many more. He also hates talking in the third person, even in text. I do. I hate it. It’s me. It’s been me this whole time.

Hilliary is a comedian and actress from Asheville, North Carolina, best known for her film debut role as Aunt Lucy in the Netflix movie “Dumplin’” (2018). In 2012 Hilliary embarked on her dream to become a stand-up comedian starting with open-mic nights and video shorts, eventually leading to her becoming a touring and headlining comedian. Before her film debut in “Dumplin’,” she was primarily known as a touring comedian, and has been a headliner for over a year. Comedians she has opened for include Jon Reep, Fortune Feimster, Judah Friedlander, and David Stone. When in Asheville, Hilliary hosts a recurring Sunday night open mic comedy show, Hallelujah Hilliary’s Comedy Revival, with the theme of Southern Pentecostal revivals, which has featured and headlining comedians.

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