An improv show featuring both short-form (as seen on Whose Line is it Anyway?) and our unique long-form styles. The entire show is made up on the spot with the help of suggestions from the audience–no two shows are alike! The Third Coast Comedy Show cast is composed of improvisers from all over the country who have been trained by veteran improvisers from schools of improv that include The Second City, iO (ImprovOlympic), The Annoyance Theater, UCB, and others. Featuring the best improvisers in Nashville, this is THE show to see!
MEET THE CAST:
Aleta Myles, Ensemble
Aleta Myles is an Ohio native that moved to Nashville to discover gold. She found it. She has been acting professionally since 2009 on stages all over Nashville and on film. She joined the Third Coast comedy family in 2017 and struck gold once again. When she’s not manicuring her eyebrows she is writing and creating content for her YouTube and Facebook channels: AletaMylesTV. She wants you to know she loves you.
Allison Summers, Ensemble
Allison was born and raised in Mount Juliet, TN. She graduated from the University of Maryland and studied improv at The Second City, UCB, and iO West. She has performed at numerous improv festivals across the country with her one woman show, “Collections”. You can watch her on Netflix in Hollywood Sex Wars where she plays the adorable, fun loving, and homeless crack head, Ash. She also performs regularly with LOL Nashville. Allison fears Raw Head Bones.
Bill Hillsman, Ensemble
Bill wears a lot of hats around here, but his biggest and best hat represents performing at Third Coast Comedy Club. Other hats include: producer (Third Coast Short Film Showcase), director (Infinity Etc. Improv), bartender (The Bar at Third Coast), media lead (The Far Booth), and crash test dummy (Redbull Flugtag). Bill loves the concept of hats, but hates to physically wear one.
Dan Fairall, Ensemble
Sprouted in Minneapolis, Dan began his search for the sun. In 1992 he budded his first branches and now he's a full fledged tree.
Nurtured by Western State of Gunnison Colorado and Iowa State University. He was watered by Spolin in Seattle and Upright Citizens Brigade and The Magnet Theater in New York. He has performed all over the country as an actor and has landed at Third Coast for some nutrients. He believes in patient, grounded play, but has been known to pop off into wild absurdity and dark humor. He is inspired by you, please don't stop.
Leigh Truemper, Ensemble
Leigh is from Little Rock, Arkansas and graduated from the University of Missouri. She got her start in improv at Third Coast Comedy Club after to moving to Nashville in September of 2017. It has since become a passion of hers, and she quite frankly can’t get enough of it. Third Coast Comedy Club is her favorite spot in town, and she can easily be wooed by a breakfast sandwich.
Luke Watson, Ensemble
Luke is the Founder of LOL Nashville and Co-Founder of the Third Coast Comedy Club. He got his start with improv in Atlanta, GA with an independent troupe made up of improvisers from troupes across the city. Luke is also the Founder and Executive Producer of Nashville’s Improv Festival, Third Coast Improv Fest.
Margaret French, Ensemble
Margaret has been a Mainstage cast member since the very beginning and has loved performing and learning on the Third Coast Stage. Her improv training started at The PIT (people’s improv theater) in New York City where she attended her first class to get out of her head and help with the grind of life as an actor...and because it’s real fun. Margaret has also performed around the country in various musicals, plays, and oratorio. If you’re not at Third Coast go visit another Nashville theater company! Support the arts! (And you may see her on another stage.)
Mike Garvin, Ensemble
Hailing from myriad corners of the Great American South, Mike is equal parts improv fan and trained practitioner. Exploding onto the stage as the runaway sheep in a Murray, Kentucky Christmas pageant, his training spans graduate studies in comedy and performance at Southern Illinois University to improv courses at iO in Chicago and Nashville’s own Third Coast. He has coached and performed with the troupes Community Floss and Cult of the Stage Monkey, and his celebrated duo Date Night with Mike & Eric has appeared at the Twin Cities and Dirty South Improv Festivals and in venues across the Midwest. In Nashville he performs stand up and storytelling, and leads unwitting patrons through historical tours of the area.
Patrick Shaffner, Ensemble
Somewhere, out there, Patrick Shaffner is.
Phil Rothermich, Ensemble
Phil was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. He grew up a notorious class clown. He decided to pursue comedy more seriously while at his alma mater, the University of Alabama. At Alabama, Phil entered into a contest “So You Think You're a Comedian?” where he performed stand up comedy for the first time and came in second. After college he moved to New York, where he graduated from The Upright Citizens Brigade’s improv program, including their advanced courses. Phil also graduated from The People's Improv Theater and became a member of a number of different improv teams. He also hosted an open mic, performed stand up, and wrote sketches for shows while in the city. Since moving to Nashville, Phil quickly sought out the improv troupe LOL Nashville before also joining Third Coast Comedy. In conclusion, he is a huge fan of milkshakes and the movie Back to the Future.
Shannon Clark, Ensemble
Shannon Clark is a multifaceted performer— performing in Crash!, LOL!, and Mainstage as well as acting in various stage productions around Nashville. Despite having several days to write this, she is deciding to write this at a trivia night hosted by none other than, Kim Dalrymple (Wednesday’s at 7 at Cafe Coco). Shannon says you should not be a jerk and keep on keepin’ on!
Mark Neglia, Music Director
Mark recently concluded a 10 year stint working for Second City Theatricals, performing in over 2,500 sketch and improv shows in that time period. Mark has also worked for The Second City National Touring Company, where he has co-written songs with Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Big Short), Neil Flynn (Scrubs, The Middle), Nancy Walls-Carell (The Daily Show), Todd Stashwick (12 Monkeys) and Horatio Sanz (Saturday Night Live). Additionally, Mark has produced records for the New York artists “Marwood” and “Pawnshop” and has been a music producer for corporate clients IBM, Boeing, and Nissan/Infiniti. Mark lives in East Nashville with whatever dog he happens to be fostering at the moment.
Ryan Citrino, Music Director
As a music director, he accompanies The Third Coast Comedy Show and Music City Improv. As a performer, you can see him competitively “doing them goofs” with house team Infinity Etc. As a musician, he plays regularly with a variety of acts throughout the Southeast region while simultaneously yelling that his EP is going to come out soon. As a lover, he is gentle.
Sandra Partridge, Music Director
Sandra lived in Boston, Massachusetts before moving to Nashville in 1997, and she has worked as a dance accompanist and theatre musician with Boston Ballet, Vanderbilt University, and Chaffin's Barn Dinner Theatre. Sandra has the most fun performing when others on the stage with her are also having a blast, and she happily joined Nashville's comedy improv community in 2014 when she became the keyboard player for LOL Nashville. She is a long time Charlie Chaplin and silent comedy fan, and she loves comedians that talk, too.
Austin Williams, Ensemble
Austin Williams is a graduate of Belmont University where she received her BFA in Performance. You might have seen Williams in shows such as the title character in Belmont’s production of Peter Pan as well as Actor’s Bridge Ensemble’s Nashville premier of The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls. Her experience in improv and sketch include studying under professionals in both LA and Chicago at The Second City as well as Upright Citizens Brigade. While attending Belmont, she was a Player for the university’s oldest (and only) sketch group, Fall Follies, as well as improv troupes including LOL Nashville and The Third Coast Comedy Show.
Brendan Gray, Ensemble
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Ryan King, Ensemble
After being reprimanded for giving co-workers prank name tags, Ryan King began the search for more rewarding comedic outlets. He graduated from The Second City Chicago’s Improv & Comedic Acting program before moving to Nashville where he branched out into screen acting, stand-up comedy, screenwriting & improv instruction. He is a five-time winner of the Nashville’s Funniest Comic competition, a five-time 2nd place winner of the Luxury Prestige III sketch competition, co-founder of the two-man improv show, “Incident 2”, improv instructor through Centennial Performing Arts Studios, former cast member of the Nashville Improv Company and winner of his third grade spelling bee. You can also see Ryan in the role of Herb Kreskin, this fall on CMT’s “Million Dollar Quartet”. His comedy style is thoughtful yet lighthearted and he has a passion for teaching others how to improvise.
Sarah Daddario, Ensemble
Sarah Daddario is a Nashville native. She has studied long form improvisation in Chicago at the Improv Olympic, The Annoyance Theater, and The Second City. She performed regularly in Chicago with the group Space Mountain at the Improv Olympic. Sarah has three children who are not allowed to come to her shows. One day they will learn the truth about their mother that she is not the southern lady she pretends to be. Her husband knows the truth. She is so excited to be back in the improv world not only with talented people but people who accept that she is the oldest person at 3rd Coast Comedy Club.
Tim Yager, Ensemble
The head of Third Coast's training center, Tim is an alumni of iO (Chicago), The Annoyance Theatre (Chicago), and the Four Day Weekend training center (Fort Worth). In Chicago, Tim performed with two harold teams at the iO, The Rabble and RGB. In Dallas, Tim performed with ComedySportz DFW, Four Day Weekend, FIAD, Victory Point, Samurai Drunk and Kool Aid. In addition, Tim has taught at Four Day Weekend (Fort Worth), and the Dallas Comedy House (Dallas).
Erica Elam, Creator
Erica Elam currently lives in Nashville, TN, but has traveled the world with The Second City on Norwegian Cruise Lines and performed at Tony-Award winning theaters including The Goodman, Steppenwolf, and Chicago Shakespeare. Erica teaches improvisation and acting at The Second City, iO Chicago, and The School at Steppenwolf. She also teaches improv workshops at Notre Dame, Dartmouth, Stanford, UGA, and Princeton University. Erica is a company member with the critically-acclaimed musical improv group, Baby Wants Candy, as well as HOME: An Improvised Play and The Improvised Sondheim Project. Erica was named one of the “Top 5 Actors to Watch” by The Chicago Tribune and is a graduate of The University of Georgia, The Second City Conservatory, and The School at Steppenwolf.