About Wills

Wills Maxwell, Jr. started doing stand-up comedy when he was in 4th grade. His teacher didn’t appreciate him interrupting the class and his parents didn’t appreciate him getting in trouble. Due to the lack of appreciation, Wills retired from the business and started doing stand-up comedy again after he left high school. Since resuming his comedy career, Wills won Port City’s Top Comic in 2019 (Wilmington, NC), was a regional finalist in StandUp NBC in 2018, and a finalist at Ultimate Comic Challenge in 2020 (Greensboro, NC). In 2022, Wills founded the Black Power Rangers Comedy Tour, which visited 4 cities in 2022, and anticipates a 10-city tour in 2023. Wills also wrote and performed his on-air comedy news segment “What Did We Miss?” on Wilmington TV station WWAY News every Thursday morning for 5 years, totaling over 180 episodes. Wills has performed at the Cola Comedy Convention, the North Carolina Comedy Festival, the Oak City Comedy Festival and the Cape Fear Comedy Festival.  Wills hosted Wilmington’s late-night talk show “Late Fear with Wills Maxwell” for three years. He has also opened for several comedians including Ramy Youssef, Roy Wood Jr., Tim Meadows, and Jim Gaffigan.