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CoastLine: Comedy comes back to the Cape Fear Region

Dead Crow Comedy Showroom
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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.

Live comedy 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. Comedians are returning to the Wilmington area. Local comedians are stepping back on the stage. But how different will comedy be during what is still a worldwide pandemic? And how rusty are comedians?

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?

Guests:

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.