A career writer with 21 years of newspaper experience — 19 at daily papers — Tony made the move to the WECT digital team in February 2017 and in addition to producing daily news stories and helping manage the home and mobile web pages, he also interviews stand-up comedians for stories and videos on WECT.com. Prior to joining WECT, Tony covered the East Carolina men’s basketball beat and other ECU sports during his 13 years at the Daily Reflector in Greenville, N.C. Before that, he was the Montana State men’s basketball beat writer for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle in Bozeman, Mont. He has won numerous North Carolina Press Association awards, two Montana Press Association awards and two Virginia Press Association awards. Working at WECT has allowed Tony to continue pursuing opportunities related to his lifelong love of stand-up comedy. He even started doing stand-up in Wilmington, but still focuses mostly on interviewing comedians who headline Dead Crow Comedy Room. When he isn’t telling jokes, interviewing comedians or watching stand-up shows, Tony enjoys playing and watching basketball, reading and fishing. To contact Tony, email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him @tonycastleberry on Twitter and Instagram.
While Wilmington doesn’t compare in size or profile to her adopted hometown of Los Angeles or her native Boston, Erica Rhodes said she is looking forward to returning to Wilmington after performing here for the first time last summer.
Headline acts who perform at Dead Crow Comedy Room every week understandably garner the lion's share of attention when they come to Wilmington. You don't have to wait for headliners to enjoy stand-up comedy in the Port City though.
The first time I saw Drew Harrison do stand-up comedy was in a sports bar in Greenville, N.C., in 2012 or 2013. Even though he had to compete for attention with televisions airing a soccer game, Harrison was undeniably funny and he has continued getting better with each passing year.
Asking the crowd a question can be problematic for stand-up comedians because if audience members talk too much, a show can be ruined. In this bit, Troy Coleman asks a question he knows he can manage, and he knows chances are nobody will top his answer.
In my favorite Jarrod Fortune joke, Fortune's cousin, Terrence, calls him late one night and wants to ponder something I had never considered before, but have thought of often after hearing Fortune recall the conversation.
Even the cleanest person is likely guilty of letting water or soda bottles, receipts, discarded mail and other items accumulate in their vehicles from time to time. How long that stuff remains on the floorboard depends on the owner's motivation to keep the car clean. That motivation is lacking for Alli Coleman, who admitted she has been described as "crude" when the two of us discussed my favorite joke of hers.
I had heard about Timmy Sherrill's Taco Bell joke long before seeing him tell it live. Hearing it in person exceeded the hype. In my favorite joke of Sherrill's, he describes a fast food drive-through experience that is hilarious and harrowing, dramatic and ridiculous.
Stand-up comedian Sara Schaefer has done shows all over the globe and had a television show with her name in the title. Having performed at clubs and theaters in big cities near and far, Schaefer would be forgiven if she didn't remember some shows she did in Wilmington years ago, but her memories of that weekend at Dead Crow Comedy Room are vivid.