Laughing Outside the Box

by Aug 17, 2021Across the Cape Fear, People

Tym “The Comedic Ginger” Griffin and friends bring standup comedy into venues beyond the traditional comedy clubs.

Are you ready for a laugh? We could all use a good dose of funny right about now. Thankfully, the local comedy scene is exploding with performances at some not-so-traditional comedy venues — thanks in large part to Tym “The Comedic Ginger” Griffin and his fellow comedic comrades.

Comedic Ginger Tym Griffin

This time last year, the Cape Fear region was basically jokeless. But today, Griffin has a full schedule.

“I’m booked pretty much Wednesdays through Saturdays,” he says. The rest of the week he spends up to eight hours a day looking for venues to host comedy performances from him and other regional comedians.

For the past five years, Griffin has been on a mission to grow the local comedy scene, often reinventing the comedy club.

“Historically, there haven’t been that many venues for comedians,” he says. “At least not dedicated ones.” So, Griffin and others began approaching out-of-the-box opportunities in breweries, bars, cafes, restaurants and markets, with great success.

Comedic Ginger Tym

Want a good laugh?
Here are some upcoming dates. To find out where else Griffin and other comedians will be performing, visit his website at and Facebook page:

Thursday, August 19, 8 pm – Surf City
Crab Pot

Saturday, Aug 21st , 8 pm – Wilmington
Tipsy Goat Bottles and Taps

Wednesday, August 25th, 8 pm – Hampstead

Thursday, August 26th, 8 pm – Surf City
Leaf & Barrel Provision Co

Photography by Megan Deitz