The 30th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular

Darren Marshall and Tracey Johnston-Crum star in the Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular.

After multiple years of increasingly popular shows in their home base of Asheville, and coming off a headlining slot at the Wynn Resort Macao’s “Christmas In August Extravaganza,” which saw fans ripping off their clothes and throwing themselves into the ocean out of sheer sketch comedic ecstasy, the Bernstein Family returns!

Dubbed “The Christmas show to see in Asheville!” by the Asheville Scene’s Tony Kiss, who also called the Bernsteins “bawdy, bizarre,” the Family will follow up last year’s 28th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular with their already record-breaking 30th Annual Spectacular.

“This year’s spectacular has already been performed for seventeen dictators, presidents, and prime ministers, three of whom were deceased and exhumed just for the performance, which is to my knowledge a new record for most diplomats exhumed to view a sketch comedy show!” Jimmy Bernstein triumphantly proclaimed in between martinis after a recent performance.

Starring Tracey Johnston-Crum (recently voted Best Local Actress by in the Mountain Xpress’ annual poll) and Darren Marshall, among other local favorites, the beloved and occasionally tasteless sketch comedy Christmas show will once again return to Asheville, thanks to the award-winning Magnetic Theatre.

“We’re very excited to have the Bernstein’s back,” said producer Chall Gray. “It takes nearly all year to recover from each visit, what with having to revive all of the young men around the theatre that Judy exhausts, clean up after Baby Jesus, and replenish the truckloads of gin and vermouth that it takes to keep Jimmy’s martini glass full. We don’t have time to slack off!”

The Mountain Xpress proclaimed that the Spectacular “features superb acting from some of Asheville’s best.” This year, the Bernstein clan is under the able direction of Katie Anne Towner, Associate Artistic Director and Managing Director of The Magnetic Theatre. “I’m really excited to have some old family members coming back, and a few surprises as well—we mean it when we say that this will be the most spectacular of all spectaculars. That’s why we’re skipping from the 28th straight to the 30th!” she said recently.

Considering that last year the Bernsteins sold out nearly every seat of every performance, advance tickets are strongly recommended for this hilarious, adult sketch comedy Christmas show.

The 30th Annual Bernstein Family Christmas Spectacular, directed by Katie Anne Towner, lighting design by Jason Williams, sound design by Mary Zogzas, costume design by Giny Speaks, and stage management by Justin Evans. Starring Tracey Johnston-Crum, Darren Marshall, Mondy Carter, John Crutchfield, Erik Moellering, Trinity Smith, and Glenn Reed. Produced by Chall Gray.

Performances through December 22. Showtimes and tickets available at