Luke Watson, Artistic Director
You may have also seen Luke at Tiger Peach Improv (Atlanta), Orphan Improv (Atlanta), & Nashville Improv Company (Nashville)
Luke moved to Nashville in 2012 and joined the Nashville Improv Company. After months of withdrawals from long form improv, he quit the Nashville Improv Company to start LOL Nashville in the summer of 2013. Luke enjoys short walks near the beach, loves candy (sans chocolate), has a weakness for accents (even good fake ones), and dreams to one day become best friends with Kristen Wiig.
David Johnson, Ensemble
You may have also seen David at Tongue-N-Cheek (Nashville) & Shingles: On-The-Spot Comedy (Jacksonville)
David is from Jacksonville, Florida and a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University. He loves efficiency and Vanderbilt football. David started doing improv when he got to college and has been living happily ever after. Not even David understands the experiments he does with his facial hair. David is on the verge of breaking into a career in sales. How exciting!
Brian Cooper, Ensemble
You may have also seen Brian at Tongue-N-Cheek (Nashville)
Despite numerous assassination attempts, Brian has been a part of Vanderbilt’s Tongue-N-Cheek for two years. When he’s not spitting nonsense right and left, he’s playing all sorts of music and bashing textbooks against his head until the knowledge flows. Brian doesn’t know how to fly fish, but if he did, he thinks he would probably enjoy it a great deal. He frequently answers the call of the wild, although sometimes the wild doesn’t call him back; but that’s why God invented Ben & Jerry’s…am I right!?!
Liz Berry, General Company
You may have also seen Liz at Just the Funny (Miami), Naples City Improv (Naples), Nashville Comedy Theatre (Nashville), & Blue Lotus Comedy (Nashville)
Liz Berry has two loves in life: sandwiches and comedy. She began performing professionally at the age of 17, making her the funniest underage improv actress in Miami at the time. After moving to Nashville, she immediately became immersed in comedy. Feel free to show your appreciation for her performances by laughing, clapping, and bringing delicious sandwiches to share.
Lauren Rogers, General Company
You may have also seen Lauren at Fall Follies (Nashville) & Spaghetti Theatre (Nashville)
A native of Nashville, Lauren grew up doing community theatre & improv and is now a senior English major at Belmont University. After working with Spaghetti Theatre, she joined Fall Follies, a sketch comedy group at Belmont, where she fell in love with making hipsters laugh. Working at Franklin Tea by day & reading Faulkner by night, Lauren hopes to one day be pretentious enough to read & understand Ulysses, thereby making everyone hate her & cementing her life as a cheap romance novelist.
Bill Hillsman, General Company
You may also have seen Bill at Tongue ‘N’ Cheek (Nashville)
Bill Hillsman is an improv comedian at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and content contributor for Winning Wit, a humor based communications firm. Known in the improv world as D!no, this Renaissance Man is known for outside-the-box musical talents and not losing his tube of chapstick. After being given a few too many female roles in theatre, Bill has found himself essentially ineligible for public office and has instead turned his focus to using humor to improve the lives of others.
Lauren Mandel, General Company
You may have also seen Lauren at Tongue ‘N’ Cheek (Nashville)
Chicago-born, Lauren Mandel is an improviser, actor and producer. She’s currently a senior at Vanderbilt University majoring in Cinematic Production and Communications with a minor in Corporate Strategy. She’s a proud member and Director of Vanderbilt’s premier improv comedy troupe, Tongue ‘N’ Cheek with whom she competed in the Nationals of the College Improv Tournament (2014) and performed on the main stage of the Upright Citizen Brigade’s Del Close Marathon in New York (2014). She trains at the Upright Citizens Brigade and The Groundlings. Additionally, she is the Creator and Executive Producer of Laugh Out LIVE!, a sketch comedy web series. Thank you to her friends and family for their love & support!
Andrew Spomer, General Company
You may also have seen Andrew at Tongue ‘N’ Cheek (Nashville)
Andrew is from Dallas, Texas and is currently a sophomore at Vanderbilt University. He has been improvising since he was a mere freshman in high school, talking since he was a toddler, and dreaming big since conception. “Andrew enjoys answering rhetorical questions and misquoting famous celebrities” (Dennis Quaid circa 1980).
Jack Henderson, General Company
You may also have seen Jack at The Upright Citizens Brigade (New York City) & Magnet Improv (New York City)
Born and raised in New York, NY, Jack Henderson was first exposed to the divine majesty that is improvised comedy at the age of 14 when he went to a show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Nothing was the same ever since. Jack completed courses and performed at the UCB and Magnet Improv theatres in NYC. He moved to Nashville in 2007 and is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. He has been jonzing for some “yes-and” action ever since moving here. Jack also is a ballist in the Tennessee Association of Vintage Base Ball. Huzzah!
Margaret French, General Company
You may also have seen Margaret at The Upright Citizens Brigade, (New York City), Hot Buffet Sketch Comedy (New York City), & The New York City Sketch Fest
Margaret is a native Nashvillian, back in town after almost a decade away. Most recently she was in New York where she trained with The People’s Improv Theater (PIT) and was a founding member of the NYC sketch comedy group “Hot Buffet”. She’s been seen performing at The Upright Citizens Brigade, (NYC) and The New York City Sketch Fest. Margaret has also performed in various regional theaters all over the country singing and dancing in roles like Marian in The Music Man and Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. You can hear her as a featured vocalist on the soon-to-be released “Morning to Evening”. But MOST importantly, you can see her as a new member of LOL Nashville!!! She is thrilled to subject you to her need to perform and make people laugh, and hopes you will pay lots of attention to her because she is the middle of nine children.
Douglas Lisk, General Company
You may also have seen Douglas at The Moveable Joints (Hartford, CT) or Tongue ‘N’ Cheek (Nashville)
Doug grew up in a suburb west of Philadelphia. He began practicing improv comedy in his freshman year (2012) at Trinity College in Hartford, CT with “The Moveable Joints!”. In his sophomore year (2013) he transferred to Vanderbilt University where he joined the school’s improv team “Tongue ‘N’ Cheek”. He is very excited to be a part of LOLNashville and is convinced that it’s worth the significant reduction in his already abysmal GPA.
Allison Summers, General Company
You may also have seen Allison at The Second City (Los Angeles, CA), UCB (Los Angeles, CA), and IO West (Los Angeles, CA)
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. Allison fears Raw Head Bones.
Sandra Partridge, Pianist
Sandra lived in Boston, Massachusetts before moving to Nashville in 1997, and she has worked as a dance accompanist with Boston Ballet, Vanderbilt University, and Nashville Ballet. She’s also played for numerous musical theatre productions at Chaffin’s Barn Dinner Theatre in Nashville. Sandra has the most fun performing when others on the stage with her are also having a blast. Sandra has degrees in music and in education, and she wrote a handbook and an instructional website to help musicians learn how the aural and visual inform each other in a dance class. She’s a long time Charlie Chaplin and silent comedy fan, and she loves comedians that talk, too. She’s probably just as much in awe of the hilarious LOL! Nashville actors as their audience.