Written by Emily Glaser | Photos by Evan Anderson
The Asheville Improv Collective is turning play into capital.
A guy walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Hey, want to do improv?” The guy says, “Well, I was going to get a beer, but sure.” That’s a joke, but jokes aren’t inherently fiction—and this one is true, if a simplification. That guy was George Awad, the bar was Habitat Brewing, and the improv was the fledgling representation of Asheville Improv Collective (AIC).
At the time, AIC was less of a collective than a chimera. Husband and wife duo, Clifton (partner and dean) and Dana Hall (partner and director of sales/marketing), both graduates of the renowned Dallas Comedy House (DCH), had founded the improv organization in January of 2016 with the hopes of cultivating an improv community in Asheville like the one they’d seen rise in Dallas: A gang of like-minded eccentrics with the collective confidence to perform verbal trust-falls on stage, leaning on witty one-liners, off-the-cuff antics, and a no-man-left-behind mentality, Musketeers-style, to make people laugh.
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