Comedian and one-time Ashevillean Joe Zimmerman has been building an impressive resume over the last two years. The sharp-witted, New York-based comic has appeared on “Conan,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and season 8 of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and he recorded a Comedy Centralhalf-hour special in 2014. Zimmerman released his debut solo album, Smiling at Wolves, that same year. It reached No. 2 on the iTunes comedy charts. Not bad for a guy who started his comedy career living in his friend’s garage in Hendersonville.
Zimmerman was 27 at that time, and he was just starting out on the road as a stand-up comedian. “The only key I had was a garage door opener,” says Zimmerman of his humble Western North Carolina beginnings. “It’s hard to be that optimistic about your future when you’re living in a garage in Hendersonville, but I also had some great times there.”
The comedian says he especially liked seeing the Hendersonville-Bat Cave exit option on the highway. “It always made me feel like I was a poor man’s Batman,” he says. “Going out into the world and using my powers to do good, and then returning, in secret, to my hidden lair.” His current tour brings him back to Asheville, where he’ll perfom at The Southern Saturday, Nov. 14.