The First Annual Cape May Comedy Festival, held on July 26-28 at the southernmost tip of New Jersey, was considered a big success by the organizers and creators of the festival Dan Sinclair and Jacqueline Tocci. The festival was able to bring some national attention to Cape May, New Jersey by showcasing nationally known performers to highlight the festival such as the legendary Gilbert Gottfried. The festival also put together some very creatively themed comedy shows, and also had a stand-up comedy competition featuring 96 different comedians.
Because of the magnitude of the festival and the numerous shows being put on at once, the festival used multiple venues. The competition and the Gilbert Gottfried performance were held at the Cape May Convention Hall, which is located right on the beautiful Cape May boardwalk. Other performances were held at The Grand Hotel, the VFW, The Chalfonte, the Pilot House and the Emlen Physick Estate.
There were numerous themed shows as well, including a Gay Pride Show, A Hometown Heroes Show, and a Ladies in Laughter show. The festival also sponsored some funny comedy groups including the Wiseguys of Comedy show and the Decepticomics.
The largest endeavor of the festival was the stand-up competition. Hundreds of comedians from all over the country applied for the competition, but only 96 were chosen to compete. The competition included comedians from states as far as Florida, Georgia, and Massachusetts. However, the largest representation was from comedians based in NYC and New Jersey. Which made it fitting the winner of the competition was from New Jersey. After all was said and done, Jeff Norris of Brick (originally from Garwood) was victorious and crowned the winner. Besides the $5,000 cash prize and the opportunity to open for Gilbert Gottfried, Jeff Norris has the thrill of being proclaimed the 2013 Cape May Comedy Festival Comedy Competition Winner.
The organizers are excited the success of the first festival and have already set their sights on the 2014 festival with the goals to make it bigger and even better next year. If you are interested in checking out the festival, or for further information, go to www.cmcf.com.