About The Cape Fear Comedy Festival

The 2017 Cape Fear Comedy Festival is May 17th-20th, 2017 in Downtown Wilmington, NC. This is the 8th year for the festival.

The Cape Fear Comedy Festival is a four day indie live comedy festival held each spring in Downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.  The event takes place at multiple venues all within walking distance of one another in the heart of the city.  The home base of the Cape Fear Comedy Festival is Dead Crow Comedy Room. Comedians from all over the country come to Wilmington to perform during the course of the festival.


The mission of the Cape Fear Comedy Festival is to provide a gathering place for comics to develop their careers and enjoy themselves while taking part in a comedian friendly festival. How is it comedian friendly? Because the two founders of the event, Matt Ward and Timmy Sherrill have been on both sides of the mic performing and producing comedy events.  Both have performed at multiple comedy festivals and have solicited feedback from hundreds of touring comics about what they get the most out of at a comedy festival.

Event History

Matt Ward
Matt Ward
Timmy Sherrill
Timmy Sherrill

The Cape Fear Comedy Festival is the brainchild of comedians/comedy show producers Timmy Sherrill and Matt Ward. The Cape Fear Comedy Festival’s inaugural event was May 26th-29th, 2010.  Nearly 100 comedians from the stand-up, sketch and improv comedy genres performed for thousands of comedy fans. Maria Bamford headlined the festival with a show at City Stage on Saturday May 29th closing out the festival. 2016 is the festival’s 7th year.




Wilmington is located on the Southeast Coast of North Carolina just 75 miles north of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  The city converges where the Cape Fear River spills into the Atlantic Ocean.  Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach are both located within minutes of Downtown Wilmington.  The area also is within an hour of Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Oak Island, Topsail Island and Surf City North Carolina.


More Information about Wilmington, North Carolina

The city came to be in 1739 and at one time was a stronghold for the Confederate Army as well as a regular watering hole for Edward Teach, also known as Blackbeard. The city of Wilmington is steeped in history and was the birthplace of the likes of Michael Jordan and journalist David Brinkley. The city a growing entertainment industry presence with films such as Talladega Nights, The Crow, Cape Fear, Weekend at Bernie’s and 28 Days filmed in Wilmington.  Also the shows, Revolution, Under the Dome, East Bound and Down, One Tree Hill and Dawson’s Creek are/were filmed in Wilmington.


The weather in Wilmington, North Carolina is mild during the month of May with average daytime temperatures varying from 70-75 degrees towards the end of the month.  Memorial Day symbolizes the true beginning of summer and welcoming of the tourist population to the Cape Fear Coast.


  1. July 2, 2016


    Just curious if this festival is still going on?

    Gratitude for feedback, aloha.

  2. December 1, 2016

    Yes, the next festival is May 17th-20th 2017.

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