Decatur LOL

Saturday, May 25, 1-5:15 pm | Sunday, May 26, 1-5:15 pm
Comedy Tent by the Old Courthouse on the Square

2019 line up to be announced in early May. Check out the 2018 comedians below.


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

The infamous teenage comedy bots from Atlanta’s Whole World Improv Theatre, Atlanta’s best since 1994, plan to roll out a hilarious show for kids of all ages. Let the power of comedy transform you. 

Rachel Eppstein | 2-2:15 pm

Atlanta-based Rachel can be seen performing comedy at various indie comedy venues and showcases like Grrrls Nite Out and Underwear Comedy Party. She also is the host of a very weird small comedy open mic in Decatur every Thursday night at 9:30 at The Imperial. She is known for her honest and unique comedic voice.

Olive Lynch | 2:30-2:45 pm

Proud foster parent to half a dog, Olive Lynch is a comedian and actor who has appeared on Vice’s FLOPHOUSE and in Creative Loafing, which are chill and tight (respectively). Olive produces several shows in Atlanta, and tries not to cry more than once a fiscal quarter.

Julie Osborne | 3-3:15 pm

After spending many years using her wit and humor in working with prison inmates in her job as a corrections officer, Julie Osborne went to work with the crazies as a manager in corporate America. In 2011 she started doing stand-up comedy. In 2012 she started hosting comedy shows for the LGBTQ community, creating opportunites for herself and other like-minded comedians

Joe Pettis | 3:30-3:45 pm

The self-proclaimed “Mayor of Atlanta Comedy,” Joe Pettis started performing in 2008 in hopes of one day gaining enough relevance to warrant a Wikipedia page. As the founder of 1UP Comedy, he is well regarded for producing some of Atlanta’s best comedy shows. His monthly Underwear Comedy Party at the Village Theatre was named one of the “9 Most Unique Concept Shows in the Nation” by Laughbutton and one of the “13 Naughtiest Things to do in Atlanta” by Thrillist. His 8-Bit Comedy show at Joystick Gamebar was named one of “5 Cool Things to Discover in Atlanta” by Rolling Stone. He is also the host of the longest running brewery show in the country, Beer and Comedy Night at the SweetWater Brewery. He played Boston Joe on Adult Swim’s Daytime Fighting League, has appeared on Getting Doug with High, and is a regular on Doug Loves Movies. He is also proud to admit that he is an avid wrestling fan and often bases his touring around live WWE events.

Deb Cole | 4-4:15 PM

Cerebral sarcastic storyteller Debra Cole will be performing in the comedy tent this year. Some of you may remember the days when she was all around town and with the comedy group Mixed Nuts, and then hosted the Funny Fridays Series at the Aurora Theatre. Over the years, she’s also performed at Eddie’s Attic, Hotlanta Roundup fundraisers, Laughing Skull, Girls Night out at the Highland Inn, and the Star Bar. A long-time Atlanta resident and former teacher, Debra’s performance style combines old-school comedic structure with sharp-tongued wry wit as she covers topics such as Atlanta history, parenting, relationships of all types, life as an artist, current events, and more.

Annie Lockwood | 4:30-4:45 pm

Known for her biting and personal jokes and scarfing down wings with lipstick and long acrylic nails, Annie Lockwood is a stand-up comedian and show producer in Atlanta. She has been running Comedy on Draught at Three Taverns Brewery in Decatur for two years. She coproduces 8-Bit Comedy at Joystick Gamebar in Edgewood – one of Rolling Stone’s “Coolest Things to Discover in Atlanta.” Also, Annie curates and co-produces A Burlesque Comedy Drag Show at the Laughing Skull in Midtown. Annie has performed all over Atlanta and the country. She has been a part of Sweetwater 420 Fest, Devil Cup in NYC, Hell Yes Fest in NOLA, and Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. Annie’s credits also include being bumped from a show to make room for Amy Schumer.

Hayley Ellman | 5-5:15 PM

The Atlanta Journal Constitution calls Atlanta-based Hayley Ellman’s comedy “cerebral and sardonic.” She was inspired to start writing and performing after watching the likes of Bill Cosby, Woody Allen, Louis CK, and other talented perverts; she still hasn’t figured out how to tell people who her biggest influences are anymore. She charms audiences with her balance of sincere and silly..


Whole World Theatre Main Cast | 
1-1:45 pm and 4:30-5:15 pm

Are you ready to play? Whole World Improv Theatre, Atlanta’s Best since 1994, performs a hilarious set of improv based entirely on audience suggestions. Come be part of the experience!

Amber North | 
2:30-2:45 pm

Recently named co-host of Ladies Night, one of the city’s most popular monthly comedy showcases, Atlanta comedian Amber North has consistently performed onstage for four years and is recognized as one of the city’s top comics. She also is the creator, producer, and host of Wake Up!, a social awareness variety show, and Grrrls Nite Out, a monthly female-centric stand-up comedy showcase.

Open Mic | 3-3:30 pm

The first three people to sign up starting at 2:30 pm will each get to do a 5-minute set. The “winner” chosen by the audience applause will be awarded a slot at next year’s LOL tent at the Decatur Arts Festival.

Theater and Literary Arts Committee

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