THE THIRD COAST COMEDY SHOW
The mainstage cast features the best improv performers in Nashville and the show runs the gamut of improv comedy styles. Whether you are a long time fan of comedy or new to improvisation, this is the show to see!
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 impov 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
Billhas been an improviser since the Fall of 2012. During his reign, he has performed for Tongue 'N' Cheek Improv, LOLNashville, and our very own Third Coast Comedy Club. If you need to speak with Bill, he can easily be drawn out by the scent of General Tso's chicken. And an eggroll if you can.
Brendan Gray, Ensemble
Brendan [color] gets very [adjective] when he has to [verb] his own bio. So instead, [name] is going to let the [noun] write it. Brendan went to Vanderbilt [noun] where he first [verb] comedy. From the first [noun] he [verb] comedy, he thought [exclamation]. [name] [color]has now been [verb] [noun] for [number] years. He performed with groups such as LOL [capital of Tennessee], [the muscle in your mouth] n' [what your grandmother loves to pinch], See you [day that follows Wednesday] and [green day’s hit, American ____] Box. Brendan's other interests include; [plural noun], [verb] with his [plural noun], and [verb] a [adjective] [noun] while [adverb] [verb]. Brendan [adverb] [verb] to [number] day [verb] a [noun]. [exclamation] that was [adjective].
Drew Watson, Ensemble
Margaret French, Ensemble
Margaret is so excited to be a part of the Third Coast Mainstage cast. In New York she studied improv at the PIT and was a writer/creator of the sketch team " hot buffet" which still performs all around NYC. She is also a proud member of LOL Nashville. In addition To improv, She has studied and performed theater all over the country, appearing in various plays, musicals, oratorios and commercials -most recently she was seen as Marcy in Street Theater's production of "dogfight" . And even more recently She's been digging her role as 'mom' to her baby boy born January '16. A big fat Thanks to my husband for forcing me to audition for third coast when our son was five weeks old, and to anyone who babysat so I could rehearse. Thank you also to Mark Block at the Block Agency.
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 Your a Comedian?” where he preformed stand up comedy for the first time ever 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 Peoples Improv Theater and became a member of a number of different improv teams. He also hosted an open mic, preformed 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.
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
Tim Yager, Ensemble
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).
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.
Martin Brady, Music Co-Director
Martin Brady is a musician, an arts journalist and an editor. From 1992-95, he was a touring and resident musical director for Second City in Chicago, coauthoring one original show for Second City Northwest in 1994. He also understudied six shows at Second City’s Mainstage and ETC venues, and had occasion to play piano for folks like Steve Carell, Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris and a lot of other great improvisers. In Nashville, he has performed with One Hand Clapping, Skeleton Crew, Improv Nashville, LOL Nashville, Sprocket and, since 2009, has been musical director for Music City Improv. Martin has been Nashville Scene’s beat theater critic for more than 15 years, a gig that has included three cover stories, hundreds of reviews and features, and interviews with amazing artists like Peter Brook, Renee Fleming, Kristin Chenoweth and Audra McDonald. Martin also serves as an assistant editor with Athlon Media Group’s various sports publications. (Go, Nats!)
Austin Williams, Ensemble
Austin Williams is a recent graduate from 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 professional improv troupes including LOL Nashville and Third Coast Comedy Club’s MainStage. Austin is v. excited to be a part of Nashville’s first comedy club!
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.