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Friday, January 25, 2013

Who is Behind the Cape Fear Comedy Festival? Part 2: Timmy Sherrill

Timmy Sherrill on stage at his club Nutt Street Comedy Room
Timmy Sherrill
Timmy Sherrill was born in Reidsville, North Carolina, just north of Greensboro, not far from the state line. In 1992 he moved to Wilmington to attend UNCW (University of North Carolina-Wilmington). In 2001 Timmy took up acting and began working with a local theatre company before transitioning to TV and Film. In 2005 he decided to give comedy a shot doing a set of stand-up at the Juggling Gypsy Hookah Bar. He remembers be too nervous to get up and do it. Timmy drove all the way home then talked himself into going back to give it a shot.  He never looked back.  

Timmy started putting on a weekly open-mic called Nutt Street Comedy in 2006 and by 2007 he had a large regular group of comics getting up every week working on their material as Timmy did the same. In 2009 Sherrill opened Nutt Street Comedy Room. 

"I opened up the Nutt St Comedy Room for two reasons. One, to give myself and the other comedians in Wilmington a stage to perform weekly. And two, to present the purist form of comedy to the people of Wilmington, and the comics that play it. I wanted it to be an uncensored, and unrestricted room where we could experience a true environment for comedy, and it would allow the room to evolve into a special haven for audiences and comedians."
Sherrill said.

In late 2009 Sherrill and comedian Matt Ward began organizing the first Cape Fear Comedy Festival.  In May of 2010 the festival happened and the feedback was overwhelming.
"I wanted to bring a festival to Wilmington, NC that would give everyone a chance to experience comedians from across the country. And I wanted to produce a comedy festival that gives everyone the opportunity to get into a festival based on their talent. A festival that is fair, and gives comedians an opportunity to perform multiple times during the week." said Timmy.

Timmy is still acting as regularly as his schedule allows playing rolls as General Charles Lee on the HBO series John Adams and also recently as a stunt actor in Iron Man 3.

Timmy has won the Charleston Comedy Festival's Stand-Up Comedy Contest, Port City's Top Comic. He has shared the stage with countless other comedians outside of his own club, including a return to the Charleston Comedy Festival recently to open for Rory Scovel.

This is part 2 in a 2 part series about Who is Behind the Cape Fear Comedy Festival.  Both Matt Ward and Timmy Sherrill are present and accessible throughout the event.

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