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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Port City's Top Comic has history with the Cape Fear Comedy Festival

Port City's Top Comic
Before there was the Cape Fear Comedy Festival, festival co-founder Matt Ward produced Port City's Top Comic.  The event began in 2008 at the Mellow Mushroom in Wilmington, North Carolina with just 12 participants.  Timmy Sherrill, the other founder of CFCF was the winner of the first contest.

From there the contest grew and continued to evolve listening to feedback from it's participants to make it a more fair and beneficial event. The contest became the first of it's kind in the country to require comedians to vote on one another, even giving more weight to those votes then the average audience member.  
In 2009 the contest had moved to City Stage at Level 5, an old Masonic Theater that sat just over 200 people.  The event nearly sold out for the finals.   Shortly after this event, discussion began between Timmy and Matt about combining Port City's Top Comic with a larger event and creating the Cape Fear Comedy Festival.
2012 marked the final year the two events were combined, as Cape Fear grew to the point that the two events needed to find separate spots on the calendar.

This year Port City's Top Comic is having it's preliminary rounds at Nutt Street Comedy Room on March 29th-30th and April 5th-6th.  The finals will be April 27th at TheatreNOW also in dowtown Wilmington.

Entries are still being accepted for this year's contest for anyone in North Carolina and surrounding states.
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