Saturday, May 27, 1-5:15 pm | Sunday, May 28, 1-5:15 pm
Comedy Tent by the Old Courthouse on the Square
Host: Lew Lefton
Lew Lefton is a local comedian who has performed stand-up and improv comedy for more than 25 years. He still holds down a day job as a mathematics faculty member at Georgia Tech, but that just means he’s funny and he can prove it. Lefton directs the local teen improv troupe D.U.C.K. and has performed around the country at dozens of clubs, colleges, concerts, and conferences.
Find out who you’ll be laughing with in 2017 closer to the date of the event. For now, chuckle at the 2016 line-up.
The Improv Initiative | 1-1:45 pm
Decatur High School’s Improv Initiative aims to provide an opportunity to develop students’ interests in comedy and improv. All performances are completely improvised based on audience suggestions.
“15 Minutes of Laughter!”
Join us for a new take on an old classic “15 Minutes of Fame!”
Zimu Yang | 2-2:15 pm
Zimu was born to a pair of monks, the fruit of an illegal love affair forbidden by the Khmer regime. At risk of execution he was placed in a bundle and basket and sent downriver to be safe. He was adopted by a panther, bear, and elephant who taught him how to be one with the jungle. Fifteen years later, a human construction company went to the jungle where they found a feral naked Asian boy walking like a panther. They stole him from his adopted parents and sent him to the US where he decided to tell his stories on stage.
Travis Jones | 2:30-2:45 pm
Travis Jones regularly performs stand-up at the Laughing Skull Lounge and the Improv in Atlanta, and has had the pleasure of working with Greg Proops, Dana Gould and other greats. He is in the sketch group Church Socks and recently performed in NYC Sketch Fest. Travis has also been a part of the Red Clay Comedy Festival, the Black Box Comedy Festival, and the SponCom Festival. He has been described as the Pixies of comedy, and his Mom thinks he is very funny.
Mo Arora | 3-3:15 pm
Mo’s conversational style of comedy manages to be both observational and personal, and comes from a unique perspective – that is, unless you know a lot of brown-skinned Canadians living in the South. Mo Arora began performing standup comedy in Montreal and is now based in Atlanta. He is a regular at the Laughing Skull Lounge, was the house emcee at the Atlanta Improv, and now co-hosts the Schlitz and Giggles standup comedy showcase. He has performed at the Cape Fear, Orlando Indie, Scruffy City (Knoxville), and Memphis comedy festivals, and regularly tours the US and Canada on his own and with the #WorkingRemotelyTour.
Olivia Cathcart | 3:30-3:45 pm
Olivia’s comedy has often been described as smart and clever, and she once was told, “I thought you’d be terrible, but that was funny” by one guy who doesn’t know how to give a compliment. He’s dead now (cholesterol). She has opened for the Professor Blastoff podcast with Tig Notaro, Kyle Dunnigan, and David Huntsberger. She has performed at the Crom Comedy Festival in Omaha, NE, Hell Yes Fest, Red Clay, Derby City, and the Memphis Comedy Festival. She also bats a respectable .345 in wiffleball.
Damon Sumner | 4-4:15 pm
Since starting stand-up in Atlanta in 2010, Damon has shared the stage with numerous headliners, nationally and internationally, like Todd Glass, Iliza Shlesinger, Duncan Trussell, Jarrod Harris, Butch Bradley, Dez Bishop, and Wali Collins. Damon has performed overseas and even helped open the first mainland comedy club in China, Kungfu Comedy Club. Fresh off the recent birth of his second child, Damon is seeking to take his comedy career to the next level, so his family doesn’t starve to death.
Plug Chapman | 4:30-4:45 pm
A native of East Point, Georgia, Kareem Chapman, aka Plug Chapman is a natural born comedian, writer, and actor, with a knack for revealing the funny like a flashlight in the dark. In addition to opening up for headliners like Jon Lovitz, Jodi Miller, and Chris Delia, he is a hit with audiences from east to west coasts, performing in venues such as the Comedy Store, the Laugh Factory, and John Lovitz Comedy Club just to name a few. Plug is also a touring comic and was selected to appear on Funny is Funny produced by Kevin Hart and scheduled to air this summer.
Kyle Gillis | 5-5:15 pm
Kyle Gillis, Atlanta comedian and musician, has been featured in Creative Loafing Magazine and AtlToDo. He has performed with Esther Ku and Adult Swim’s David Liebe Hart. This year he’s celebrating the first anniversary of his show By Request Only, appearing on a couple of podcasts, and attempting to break a world record.
Village Theatre | 1-1:45 pm and 4:30-5:15 pm
Voted #1 Comedy Club by Atlanta Magazine, Village Theatre has improv comedy shows four nights a week, and offers improv classes, private events and summer camps geared towards kids/young adults. Visit villagecomedy.com for information.
“15 Minutes of Laughter!”
Lexi Ritter | 2:30-2:45 pm
Lexi Ritter is an undergraduate student at the University of Georgia studying biology and international affairs (but no, she doesn’t know what she’s going to do with that). Lexi is an amateur comedian; however she has performed improv comedy with various groups including the Decatur yoUth Comedy Krewe (D.U.C.K.) and the Improv Initiative at Decatur High School. Lexi has also performed stand-up at a few local bars in Athens, Georgia.
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 5-minute set. The “winner,” chosen by audience applause, will be awarded a slot in next year’s Decatur LOL.