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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Who is Behind the Cape Fear Comedy Festival? Part 1: Matt Ward

Matt Ward hosting for Doug Stanhope at Relix Theater in Knoxville in August 2012
Matt Ward
Born: Feb 14th, 1975 in Lancaster, Ohio
Married with 1 year old son
Moved to Carolina Beach, NC from Columbus, Ohio in 2006
Moved from Carolina Beach, NC to Knoxville, Tennessee in 2009

Matt Ward has been performing stand-up comedy regularly since 2007, shortly after first moving to the South.  He came from a background of live music events and musician management, working in this field from 1997 until 2005 in Central Ohio. In 2008 Ward took his experience in events production and promotions and began producing comedy shows up and down the Southeast Coast under the name Comedy by the Beach. He brought with him to these shows a cast of comedians that had graduated from the open-mics put on by Timmy Sherrill called Nutt Street Comedy.
L-R Back: Brooklin Green, Matt Seidel, Zach Boylston, Chris Brockmeyer,
Front: Timmy Sherrill, Matt Ward & Nick Shaheen 

Matt started a comedy contest called Port City's Top Comic and after a few years it became successful enough for him to begin talking to Timmy about possibly putting on a comedy festival. In May of 2010 the first Cape Fear Comedy Festival came to be.  Only about three real months of planning went into it and the line-up was quit short as the interest to participate was still developing.

In Knoxville, Ward continued to work for Verizon Wireless until September of 2010.  He left at that point and began producing and performing comedy and freelance writing to pay the bills. Since then Matt has produced a successful series of shows including the Comedy Booze Cruise, The Rocky Top Comedy Contest and Port City's Top Comic (now in it's 6th year) as well as a comedy cancer benefit show called Laughing for Life.  Ward has also performed his stand-up at the Laughing Skull and Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festivals.  Ward also runs

(The Cape Fear Comedy Festival is run by comedians/comedy show producers Matt Ward and Timmy Sherrill.  Check out part 2 of Who is Behind the Cape Fear Comedy Festival coming up this Friday)

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