• Rachel Leslie

    Just a local twenty-something excited to bring AVL news to you!

Critically-acclaimed comedian Jamie Campbell is standing on the other side of 40 and he’s ready to impart his experience and wisdom onto the next generation in his award-winning solo stand-up show coming to the Asheville Fringe and Arts Festival. Campbell’s priorities have changed as he approaches middle age. He used to want to rock and roll all night, but now he prefers to rock and roll until a reasonable hour. 

Campbell’s Big Dad Energy has already been a hit in the southwest where  it was named “Best Comedy” and “Best Out-of-Town Show” at this year’s Tucson Fringe Festival. In Kansas City, where the show debuted, it took home “Best of Fringe” and “Spirit of Fringe” honors


This March, at the 2023 Asheville Fringe and Arts Festival, Jamie Campbell’s solo stand-up show Big Dad Energy has its Southeast Premiere, for two performances at Wedge Brewing at Foundation in The Cloud Room.  The critically-acclaimed comedian is NOT your father. He’s not ANYBODY’S father. But he sure seems like he could be. 

In a show that combines stand-up, storytelling, and a touch of musical comedy, Campbell leaps into what it’s like to get married in your 40s and realize parenthood is not going to happen. Like a proud father, he discusses why he is impressed with the younger generation. He recalls the days when teachers were allowed to spank students, dishes on the time he took acid at Disney World, and reveals how to make women happy (hint: it’s pockets.) 

Big Dad Energy was recently filmed as a stand-up special for an upcoming streaming release, and is appearing at the Asheville Fringe Arts Festival as part of a limited national tour that will include stops across the U.S., including Chicago, Dallas, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Tampa, and Washington DC. 

About Jamie Campbell:

Jamie Campbell is a nationally touring stand-up comedian, actor, screenwriter, storyteller, and improviser.   His debut album, Tell Me You’re Proud of  Me, debuted at #1 on Amazon’s comedy charts.  In Chicago, where he began his career, he was named  the city’s “Best Stand-Up Comedian” by The Chicago Reader.   You may recognize him from his appearances on NBC’s Chicago Fire, the Pop Network’s Hollywood Darlings, his recent super bowl ad alongside Kristin Chenoweth, or a series of music videos by hiphop legend Tech N9ne. 

“Quick wit & inventive riffing . . . uplifting humor & big laughs!” - ChicagoNow

“Bombastic genius!” - Dan Telfer of  Mad Magazine and Comedy Central

“Laughs are plentiful along the way…” - Kevin Beane, TheatreJones

“Tactically calculated jokes land with a precision that leaves you with a belly laugh long after the joke is over. Slick, polished, and professional, it sets the bar high.” - Luke Dodge, KC Fringe


Big Dad Energy at The Asheville Fringe Arts Festival

Location:  WEDGE BREWERY AT FOUNDATION IN THE CLOUD ROOM - 5 Foundy Street,  Asheville, NC 28801

Performance Dates: Thursday, March 23rd at 7pm and Saturday, March 25th at 7pm

Tickets are $16 and go on sale March 1st at 

Photo by Thomas Rex.