Greenville comedian on “talent hold” with CBS


A comedian from Greenville is on his way to the silver screen.

Fray Forde was one of 21 comedians chosen out of 8,000 to perform in the CBS Diversity Sketch Show in Los Angeles in January.

He is now under a “talent hold” agreement with CBS.

“Basically CBS bought him for the next six months because they don’t want him to audition elsewhere, which is very lucky,” his fiance Catherine Dee explains. “He’s only one of four performers that that happened to.”

Forde proposed to Dee onstage there, and they are now in the process of writing a new TV show pilot “Split Ends” with their new comedy management company, Three Arts.

Forde and Dee are also premiering their new feature film “Pop-Pop Is Dead” later this month in Asheville at the Cat Fly Film Festival March 31. They co-wrote, produced, and directed the film, and starred in it as well. The Cat Fly will also air their short film “Good Hair” which helped Forde land his audition at the CBS Diversity Sketch Show.

Pop Pop Is Dead is one of 4 Greenville-made independent films that will be screened at the festival. Those films include: Buster Business by Corey Wavle and Gunner Willis (who plays Rory Bailey in Pop-Pop is Dead), Crimetime by Gunner Willis, Babygirl by Geoffrey Gunn and Period by Kira Bursky. Tickets can be purchased at

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