Training Center Instructors

Our training center is proud to have some of the best-trained teachers in Nashville that have received their training all over the country (literally) including: The Second City (Chicago and LA), iO (Chicago), UCB (LA), The Groundlings (LA), The Annoyance Theatre (Chicago), Four Day Weekend (Dallas), and ComedySportz.


Mark Anundson is that one comedian that you went to see a long time ago but now you can’t remember his name but you do remember he had a joke about a walrus or something.  Audiences have been laughing and immediately forgetting about Mark’s comedy sets for years!  If you like your comedy chock full of one liners, insults and absurdities then be sure to check Mark Anundson out at your local comedy club or pub.


From the mean streets of (suburban) New Jersey, Ryan has been performing in Nashville for over 4 years. At Third Coast, he has performed and/or accompanied for Infinity Etc., Cherry Bomb: An Improvised Musical, Raccoon Log Ride, LOL Nashville and The Third Coast Comedy Show. He’s excited to pass along his experience with both music and improv to you.


Grant is a Portland, TN native who has studied all things comedy in Chicago for the past eight years. He is a graduate of iO, The Annoyance, The Second City Conservatory, Second City Writing Program, and The Second City Musical Conservatory. While in Chicago, he played on several iO Harold teams, a ComedySportz Chicago House Team, and teams at The Playground, MCL, and Under the Gun. Grant is excited to be back in Tennessee, sharing and teaching the art form he loves so much.


Sydney Davis Jr. Jr. is a standup comedian and storyteller originally from Bentonville, Arkansas. At the age of 16, she moved to Chicago, IL, where she began to train and perform with The Second City comedy theater. At 25, she became a faculty member at The Second City Training Center, where she developed the standup comedy, storytelling, and public speaking curriculum they still use today. She is super-stoked to join the faculty at Third Coast Comedy Club, and share the stage with the amazingly talented students who come through their classes every day.


You can find Sydney’s standup comedy special “TRASH,” on Amazon Prime. 

Previous places she has performed standup include: Dangerfield’s Comedy Club (NYC), Zanies Comedy Club (IL & TN), The Comedy Bar (Chicago & Nashville) The Apollo Theater, Chicago Underground Comedy, Third Coast Comedy Club, and more.


Find out more on / Insta: @sydneydavisjrjr / Tiktok: @sydneydavisjrjr


Scott Elam is a Franklin, TN native and Chicago-trained improviser. He is a graduate of The Second City Conservatory and iO. With The Second City, he toured all over the world aboard Norwegian Cruise Line performing to sold out audiences every night of the week. At iO, he performed with long-running Harold team Sears Tower and many other shows. As a teacher, he’s taught every level in The Second City’s Improv Program, at improv festivals around the country, and a two week immersion in London, England at the Angel Comedy Club. He has allegedly won more Ro-Sham-Bo than anyone else in his family. Scott is thrilled to be back home and to be teaching the art form he loves at Third Coast.


Scott Field studied at Improv Boston (Boston) where he was a player with the mainstage, performing hundreds of shows in a five year period. After moving to Nashville (Nashville) in 2004, he co-founded Improv Nashville (Nashville), which opened a venue on 12th South in 2008. Most recently, Scott has taught for and performed with Music City Improv (Nashville), Street Theater (Nashville), and is directing The Third Coast Comedy Show (Nashville).


Edd Garcia has been improvising professionally in Nashville since 2013. He is currently a member of Infinity Etc., Cherry Bomb, and LOL Nashville. You may also remember him from Gnu Tales, Secret Handshake, Music City Improv, Third Coast Main Stage, or as that obnoxious extra in a high school play in 2007. Technically, Edd is a trained stage actor and dancer but he is honestly better known for his knowledge of dungeons and dragons, professional wrestling, and the fast and the furious films. Edd also trained at the now defunct (but then legendary!) iO theatre in Chicago in 2016. He did this mostly for clout and Portillo’s hot dogs. Feel free to say hello if you see Edd hidden in the corner of the bar after a show, he’s only fading into the background due to social anxiety.

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