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CoastLine: Comedy comes back to the Cape Fear Region

Dead Crow Comedy Showroom
Dead Crow Comedy
Dead Crow Comedy is reopening inside Lush, a separate bar and beer garden, Labor Day Weekend. They kick off the new venue with Alonzo Bodden of NPR's Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me.

When Covid-19 shut down the world in 2020, one of its casualties was live entertainment: concerts, theater, film, dance, and stand-up comedy.

In the Cape Fear region, there has been a single venue dedicated strictly to live stand-up comedy: the Dead Crow Comedy Club. In fact, before the pandemic, Dead Crow was so successful that the owners closed down the original location on Front Street and leased a new, larger space on Third Street and Red Cross near CFCC’s Wilson Center. They planned the renovation process.

Then – Covid.

Live comedy, though, is about to emerge from its period of brumation. The expanded Dead Crow Comedy Showroom is now part of Lush, a 7-day-a-week bar and beer garden, with a separate Comedy Showroom open four nights a week. This means comedians are returning to the Wilmington area. It also means local comedians are stepping back on the stage.

How different will comedy be during what is still a worldwide pandemic? How will the new amphitheater downtown impact the comedy scene? And how rusty are comedians – having been limited to performing comedy on Zoom, or, as we’ll hear today, driving for Uber?


Timmy Sherrill, comedian, co-owner, Lush / Dead Crow Comedy Showroom (part of Lush)

John Felts, touring comedian and magician, owner, Clean Getaway Comedy

Rachel hosts and produces CoastLine, an award-winning hourlong conversation featuring artists, humanitarians, scholars, and innovators in North Carolina. The show airs Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 pm on 91.3 FM WHQR Public Media. It's also available as a podcast; just search CoastLine WHQR. You can reach her at rachellh@whqr.org.