Comic Wonder Biographies

E. Kelly Fitzsimmons

E. Kelly Fitzsimmons is a well-known entrepreneur who has built and sold several companies. Currently, she is the Co-founder and CEO of Comic Wonder LLC, the first competitive arena for joke-telling online. Most recently, Kelly was the CEO of Neohapsis, a leading information security consultancy and enterprise IT product test lab. Prior to joining Neohapsis, Kelly was president and CEO of Sun Tzu Security, a security consulting firm she founded in 1996 and later sold to Neohapsis.

Kelly serves on the executive committee for the Wisconsin Technology Council, which is the science and technology adviser to Wisconsin's Governor and the Legislature. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Alverno College, a nationally ranked Catholic college for women. She also serves on the Advisory Team for the Executive Women's Forum, a community of more than 200 executive women in information security, risk management, and privacy.

Kelly is an established and well-known public speaker and writer. She has keynoted for organizations as diverse as the FBI's Infraguard, the Association of American Insurers, the National Association of Restaurants, and the American Law Firm Association. She has also been a regular columnist for Secure Enterprise magazine and a contributor to Network Computing magazine.

Kelly completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Rochester, graduating Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She holds a Masters degree in comparative religion from Harvard Divinity School.

Jeff Fitzsimmons

Jeff Fitzsimmons is the co-founder and creative director for Comic Wonder.

Jeff moved to Seattle in 1991 to work as a film technician. In this field, he had front row seats to (and significant participation in) the grunge rock movement, as well as the television commercial and feature film explosion of Seattle.

And because sleep has never been a big priority for him anyway, Jeff wrote an Emmy(TM) award winning children's television show for ABC called How 'Bout That and a popular humor book called The Art of the Bonsai Potato - Zen Without the Wait!

Jeff moved to Milwaukee in 2003 and embarked on a journey in PR, serving as the creative director for Caffeine Communications. This small, Milwaukee based company, specializes in guerrilla, grassroots and downright crazy PR for large international clients.

During his life in Marketing and PR, he managed world-class brand initiatives for several Fortune 500 companies including Sony Playstation, Rainbow Play Systems and Harley-Davidson.

Jeff is now on a round-the-clock mission to find the best joke-teller on the planet and save the art of joke-telling.

Mark Metcalf, Head of Humor

As Head of Humor for Comic Wonder, Mark Metcalf will be touring the country in search of new joke-telling talent and potentially the 2008 Comic Wonder of the Year!

Trained as a Shakespearian actor, Mark began his career traveling across the United States with the Milwaukee Repertory Theater and later with the Seattle Repertory Theater.

He then became an American icon with his role as the sadistic ROTC cadet, Doug Neidermeyer, in the college classic National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). He later went on to reprise this role in the Twisted Sister music videos "We're Not Gonna Take It" and "I Wanna Rock".

The infamous role of Neidermeyer was just the beginning of Mark's film career; he now has 27 films to his credit. He has directed such films as When It Comes Early, Bikini Bar, You've Still Got Most of Your Hair, and The Wolf Finally Came. Mark also had recurring roles on two hit television shows. He was "The Maestro" on Seinfeld (1990) and "The Master" on Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).

When Mark is not out in search of Comic Wonder's next big talent, you can find him at his establishment; he is co-owner of Libby Montana Bar & Grill in Mequon, Wisconsin. He also is deeply involved in the Milwaukee Film Festival.