Decatur LOL

Saturday, May 26, 1-5:15 pm | Sunday, May 27, 1-5:15 pm
Comedy Tent by the Old Courthouse on the Square

Host: Lew Lefton

Lew Lefton is not your ordinary geek. Sure, he’s a mathematician and assistant dean of IT at Georgia Tech, but he’s also an accomplished and experienced comedian who has done stand up and improv comedy for more than 30 years. Perhaps his talents are best summed up by his business card that reads: Mathematician / Comedian – “He’s funny and he can prove it”


Improvius Prime | 1-1:45 pm

Whole World Improv Theatre’s teen performance group has performed for nearly 25 years. Come witness these comedy-bots roll out a hilarious show for kids of all ages.

15 Minutes of Laughter!

Join us for a new take on an old classic.
“15 Minutes of Fame!”

Krystal Pierce | 2-2:15 pm

Krystal Pierce is a fresh new voice in the Atlanta comedy scene. She’s an Atlanta native and has performed all over the area, leaving audiences laughing.

Ian Aber | 2:30-2:45 pm

Ian Aber mixes traditional stand up and fast-paced storytelling, drawing the audience into his outsider view of the world. Smart, engaging, energetic and sweaty are all words used to describe him. Ian was a finalist in Stand Up on NBC in 2015 and performs in clubs, colleges and music venues around the country as well as at the Laughing Skull, Orlando Indie, Accidental, Scruffy City, Cinderblock and Hell Yes comedy festivals.

Andrew Stanley | 3-3:15 pm

Andrew Stanley is a stand-up comedian and homeschool survivor who isn’t afraid of bringing his deeply rooted insecurities to the stage. Okay, maybe he’s afraid, but he’s doing it anyway. His observational style and dry sense of humor have pleased audiences across the southeast. Andrew won the Sunday Night Comedy Festival at the Atlanta Punchline, the first annual Funny Monkey Decatur Arts Comedy Contest, and took home the bronze at REV’d UP Comedy Jam. Andrew’s parents are still alive so he works clean.

David Perdue | 3:30-3:45 pm

David Perdue has been on Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City on Comedy Central, and Uproarious on Fuse TV. In 2016 he was the Laughing Skull Festival’s Set List Tournament Champion and was a 2016 Laughing Skull Festival semi-finalist. He was selected by Creative Loafing as one of 2017’s People to Watch as well as one of’s comedians to watch in Atlanta. He co-hosts a weekly sports/comedy podcast called Forth and Ten, and is a co-producer for the award-winning 1AM Secret Show.

Trey Braun | 4-4:15 PM

Trey Braun is an Atlanta transplant, moving from the warmth and safety of North Florida to study mechanical engineering and play football at Georgia Tech. He has been doing stand up comedy around Atlanta for the past four years and works as a network engineer at AT&T. Trey likes to spend his time in Decatur wandering around buying fancy and expensive soft drinks from the local market.

Amanda Marks | 4:30-4:45 pm

Not your typical anything, Amanda Marks is a Jewish girl raised in Alabama, who has performed stand-up comedy at such venues as The Punchline, Joystick Gamebar, Laughing Skull and Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge. She hosts and co-produces Highwire Comedy’s Off the Grid Stand-up Showcase and is part of the bi-monthly Nerdlanta Live pop-culture talk show. Amanda is also a Decatur resident. Watch her webseries Mom Cam in the Minivan at

Thelma Wyttenbach | 5-5:15 PM

The 2016 Open Mic winner, preteen Thelma Wyttenbach has performed standup comedy since she was seven, when she won the 2016 Decatur Arts Festival open mic comedy contest. Previously, she performed original songs at Big Tex (before it closed) and Burnt Fork Barbecue (before it closed) with her music teacher Moira Nelligan (before she moved away.) She also is a balloon artist, twisting and selling balloon animals at Woodlands Garden’s M.A.Y. Fair. For this year’s performance, she will combine comedy with the art of balloon twisting.


Highwire Comedy | 
1-1:45 pm and 4:30-5:15 pm

Atlanta’s source for improv, sketch, and stand up comedy shows and classes. Join us at the festival for an improvised show based on your suggestions. Learn more about us at

15 Minutes of Laughter!
Samm Severin | 
2:30-2:45 pm

Samm Severin can be seen on Viceland’s Flophouse, Funny or Die’s Crafts R Qute, as one-half of PBR’s live sketch show Samm and Jen’s Big Adventure, and all around Atlanta doing stand-up comedy. In 2016 she opened for Janeane Garofolo, Creed Bratton, Barry Crimmins, and Kyle Kinane. The rest of the time, she scrolls endlessly through Facebook.

Open Mic | 3-3:30 pm

Make ‘em laugh! The first three people to sign up starting at 2:30 pm will each get to do a five-minute set. The “winner,” chosen by audience applause, will be awarded a slot in next year’s Decatur LOL. 

Theater and Literary Arts Committee

Program coordinator: Jerry G. White
Decatur LOL coordinator: Lew Lefton