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A History of Stand-Up Comedy

November 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Friday, happening 3 times


Ritch Shydner’s


Presented by Marquee Comedy as a limited residency at The Magnetic Theatre

It’s a funny and insightful multi-media presentation about the history of an original American art form, stand-up comedy, and what all the jokes and laughter say about America. The stories of forgotten trailblazers, martyred iconoclasts and familiar stars show how the simple act of one joker taking on a crowd became one of our most popular entertainments, and a cultural weathervane.

Ritch Shydner’s Bio

In the 1980’s, Ritch Shydner made numerous appearances on TV, including Late Night with David Letterman and The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. He also did an HBO half-hour special, One Night Stand. He played Al Bundy’s co-worker on Married with Children, and made guest appearances on many other TV shows, such as Designing Women and Roseanne. Ritch was able to translate his modest success on TV into an obscure film career, appearing in Steve Martin’s Roxanne and Eddie Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop II before moving on to minor roles on smaller pictures. He wrote for sitcoms such as Roseanne, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, and HBO’s The Mind of the Married Man. Ritch wrote material for Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White, and Jay Leno.

Friday evenings in November at The Magnetic Theatre, 375 Depot St, Asheville NC 28801

November 6, 13, & 20 at 7pm

Doors open at 6:30pm


This show is presented to limited audiences in socially distanced assigned seating. All attendees are required to be temperature checked at the door, sign COVID safety waivers, and wear masks at all times while in the building. Failure to do so will result in removal from the theatre with no refund.


Assigned seating – $15

All prices include tax and service fee applicable online and at the box office

NOTE: There will be no concessions sales during this show.


November 6, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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The Magnetic Theatre
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Magnetic Theater
375 Depot St
Asheville, NC 28801
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