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THE TEAM

Dani Klein Modisett and her merry band of comedy care providers are trained and ready to provide Laughter On Call. Here are a few of the comedians on our team.

JENETA ST. CLAIR

Los Angeles, CA

Jeneta is an actor, comedian, writer, and producer. In the myriad of ways she expresses herself, she is funny, talented and driven. While she continues to perform all around LA, she also loves giving back to others. She has always wanted to find a way to combine comedy and humanitarian work. Working for Laughter On Call does exactly this. She couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this company and expand her mind and heart.

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KARI SECOR COLEMAN

Los Angeles, CA

Kari Coleman is and actor and improviser in Los Angeles.  Recently you may have seen her as a recurring character on The Good Doctor or guest starring on S.W.A.T. and The Rookie.  She began her career on such shows as In Living Color, Married with Children and Roseanne; played George’s psychotic girlfriend on Seinfeld, and also recurred as the embittered sex-ed teacher, Mrs. Hauser, on Veronica Mars.  She played Helen Stacy opposite Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in both Amazing Spider-Man movies and appeared in Spoils before Dying with Will Ferrell and Kristin Wiig.  She’s guest starred on such shows as It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Grey’s Anatomy, NCIS-LA and NCIS, as well as starring in Bo Burnham’s MTV series, Zach Stone is Gonna be FamousAs an improviser, she has performed and taught all over the country and abroad, most recently in Oslo, Norway.  Kari is a long-time faculty member and performer with the critically acclaimed improvisational theatre company IMPRO.  She loves to share her experience and knowledge as a teacher and coach, and is thrilled to be a part of the Laughter on Call team!

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KELLY HOLDEN BASHAR

Los Angeles, CA

Kelly Holden Bashar was most recently heard in Smallfoot. She played Martin Freeman’s wife Pearl Nygaard in the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning hit miniseries Fargo on FX. Some of her other favorite credits include Scorpion, Speechless, Marlon, Parks and Recreation, 2 Broke Girls, Dog With A Blog, and the film Thanks with Rita Rudner. Kelly is also a writer and one of the credits she is most proud of is being the co-writer of, (and portraying “Pippin” in), the critically acclaimed play Fellowship! The Musical Parody of “The Fellowship of the Ring. In addition to being a main company member at the critically acclaimed Los Angeles based Impro Theatre, Kelly is also part of the teaching faculty. She is currently developing a completely improvised podcast called SONDER. Kelly believes passionately in the power of play, storytelling and laughter. She is so lucky to activate all three as part of the LAUGHTER ON CALL team!

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BELINDA CHIU

Hanover, NH

Dr. Belinda Chiu believes in the power of play to bring authenticity and compassion for a happier planet. She is on the forefront of the movement to democratize emotional intelligence and merges research and scholarship for resilient and impactful leadership. With a background in international education and diplomacy, she is the founder of Hummingbirdrcc and collaborates with organizations such as Ignition Coaching LLC, Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, and Goleman El. She is author of the book The Mindful College Applicant: Cultivating Emotional Intelligence for the Admissions Process, and contributor on Thrive Global. A member of Valley Improv, Belinda currently lives in Hanover, New Hampshire with Bandit, the pink-nosed pup.

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SYDNEY ADENIYI

Los Angeles, CA

Sydney Adeniyi is a stand-up comic, actor, and improviser based in LA. He was crowned “Best of the Best” in Chicago, performed at Laugh Your Asheville Off, and competed at LaughFest’s Best of the Midwest. He’s appeared on the TV show Laugh Out Loud St. Louis, Trial by Laughter, and ABC’s Windy City Live. Sydney has also performed for many non-profits including: Big Brothers Big Sisters, CSAAC, and the Epilepsy Foundation. His comedy experiences have taught him how powerful laughter can be. Sydney is thrilled to serve as a Laughter on Call comedian!

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LAUREN WHITE

Los Angeles, CA

Lauren White is a voice actor, performer, improvisor and comic from Los Angeles. She has been practicing and teaching Spolin’s improv for six years and helmed her own improv group, a node of the Women’s Center for Creative Work, GiRL CRUSH, for five. She has performs as a comic, storyteller and drag persona with the acclaimed literary performance series SORORITY at the Lyric Hyperion and The Hammer Museum and at venues such as Zebulon, The Fountain Theater, PAM Residencies and Dynasty Typerwriter. You can hear her voice in the forth-coming anime, High Guardian Spice or any of the LEGO films. 

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SHANA GREGORY WILLIAMS

Los Angeles, CA

Slinging sex toys in feature, Amelia’s 25th to streaming monthly as a sketch impresario in TMI, a SNL web  series; Shana Gregory Williams is the plus- sized sexy, sassy, reality checking BFF. Shana has been lucky enough to bring her unique brand of funny to the boards, and screens both big and small. Shana has  been performing in theater since she was three and is glad to be working with this talented pool of  actors and is grateful for the opportunity.

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MADI GOFF

Los Angeles, CA

Madi is an actress, writer, and improviser living in Los Angeles. She is a member of Ripley Improv, as well as the Impro Theatre main company, and an alumna of the Groundlings Sunday Company. Madi plays Dr. Hanna Brenn on HEARTBEATSan improvised medical drama streamed on Ripley Improv’s Twitch channel. Last year, her duo-improv show, The Madi Goff Show, ran for 28 episodes on OutPost13’s channel. In early 2020, Madi completed filming the television pilot that she wrote called THE JULIES.  Madi is also an accomplished director and online streamer. She streams weekly as “Positive Mom”, and she live-directs shows online as well as in LA and on tour. Madi teaches improvisation in the conservatory of the Impro Theatre School, teen workshops for Groundlings School, and one-on-one sessions for individual improvisers through her Patreon

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PAUL SCHLESINGER

Los Angeles, CA

Paul Schlesinger is a comedian and musician living in Los Angeles. He has performed comedy in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, Pickathon, San Francisco Sketchfest and two times at a fast-food restaurant called Burgerville. His work with Laughter on Call has been an eye-opening glimpse into healing and transformative power of laughter. This work has been an amazing gift and he looks forward to sharing more laughs!

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TED CANNON

Los Angeles, CA

From How I Met Your Mother, Justified, Bad Judge, and Freeform’s Party Girl, to the almost one hundred national commercials he’s done, Ted has spent a fair amount of time in your living room. Not in a creepy way, but in a “he’s supporting his family” kind of way. He graduated from Vassar, was a member of The Groundlings Sunday Company and performed at Upright Citizen’s Brigade. Ted regularly performs with Impro Theatre in fully improvised full-length plays in the style of your favorites, like Twilight Zone, Chekhov and Sondheim (yep!). He loves cookies, playing videogames with his kids and being in your living room.

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STEFANIE ESTES

Los Angeles, CA

Stefanie earned her BFA in theater from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and studied sketch comedy at UCB.  She loves making people laugh – although it isn’t always intentional (like the time when she legitimately slipped on a banana peel).

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OLIVIA SAPERSTEIN

Los Angeles, CA

Olivia Saperstein is a self-proclaimed Jill-of-all-trades. While playing lead guitar in LA punk band Egg Drop Soup by night, she cultivates the magic of social media wizardry during the day. She is thrilled to be managing the socials for Laughter On Call, as she has a mother who suffers from dementia. Olivia also has a clothing line and loves to write/direct for the screen.

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LAUREN PRITCHARD

Los Angeles, CA

Lauren was a regular cast member on season 14 of MADtv. You may know her from Disney’s Stuck in the Middle, Gamers Guide, Jessie, and the Imagination Movers. Or 911, Show Offs, True Blood, The Sarah Silverman Program, How I Met your Mother, Modern Family, Parenthood, Jimmy Kimmel, Then and Now with Andy Cohen, Chelsey Lately, Bill Maher, The Crazy Ones, Vegas, Girlfriends, World Cup Comedy, Strong Medicine, ReelzTV, Acceptable TV, and more. She was the face of Bank One and lots of commercials. She performed in the Made up Game Show with Wayne Brady and Jonathan Mangum. And wayne Brady’s Comedy IQ. Lauren started improv in 1991. And performs at IO west, CSzLA, UCB, Shrew, Laurelly and more. She hosted the New Years eve countdowns on the Castle at Disneyland.  She performs, teaches, and does corporate team building through improv with companies world wide like: Disney, Nestlé, Yahoo, Google, Sony..and more.  She has been the Host of international meetings and events for Old Navy, Taco Bueno, Disney, Schools First Credit Union, and many more! 

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ASHLEY HALE SPELLMAN

Los Angeles, CA

Ashley Hale Spellman is an actor, writer, and improviser living in Los Angeles. Since 2006, she has studied and performed at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, and performed on house teams in both NYC and LA. She completed the Groundlings school program, and wrote and performed a one(ish) woman show that ran at UCB LA from 2016-2017. Some TV credits include Crazy Ex-GirlfriendPearson on USA, and Patty Jenkins’ limited series I Am The Night on TNT. Before acting, Ashley served for decades in the Space Peace Corp. Her time as a Senior Land Astronaut led her to really see things from a unique perspective. It’s not everyday you get to stay on Earth but also be in space at the same time. Or is it? She is absolutely thrilled to be working with the Laughter on Call team, and to help heal the world, one laugh at a time. And that’s the real truth.

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NIKKI GHISEL

Los Angeles, CA

Nikki Ghisel is an actor, creator, and improviser from New York City, known for her high energy and good vibes. She’s been on 30 Rock, Rescue Me, and Starved. She has performed with improv teams in New York & LA. Nikki can currently be found performing at the Ruby LA. Besides her professional endeavors, Nikki has done theatre productions and improv classes with disadvantaged kids in NYC via the Imagine Project. Nikki is excited to be a part of the LOC family.

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SAMANTHA WESTERVELT

Los Angeles, CA

Samantha Westervelt is a multitasking maven supporting the LOC Operations Team. When she isn’t crafting spreadsheets and cooking up ways to keep her team’s workflow tight, she spends her time as the lead singer and bass player of LA-based punk trio Egg Drop Soup.

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SHEILA ROBERTSON

Los Angeles, CA

Sheila is an Improviser and Professional Fun Haver with Laughter on Call and Monkey Business Institute. She loves singing, dancing, improv comedy and hugs.  She started doing improv with ComedySportz, Madison in 1992 and has blossomed into the person with the loudest laugh in any room.  Sheila is a prophet of the improv ideals and loves spreading the gospel through teaching improv, leading happy hours, guiding game nights and in normal times, doing improv shows. 

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GALE BRENNAN

Los Angeles, CA

Gale grew up in Northern California where she played in the creek and made people watch her made up plays.  She now makes her living as an actor, improvisor and arts educator. Gale studied acting at ACT in San Francisco before moving to LA . She is currently improvising with Impro Lab Ensemble, and Shrew, the all female improvised Shakespeare troupe which performed seven seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She’s taught acting, improv and teambuilding for Disney’s Performing Arts Program for nearly 20 years.  Gale truly believes in the power of art to heal the world. She will also fix your garden, bake you some bread and knit you a sweater if you ask real nice

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LISSA SEARS

Indianapolis, Indiana

My name is Lissa Sears, I’m a breast cancer survivor living with MS that realized I’m actually a comedian & actor. I started doing comedy 4 years ago, was recently on an episode of Baskets on FX/HULU, I have my own line of CBD line CBD4aCause, I have a podcast/videocast called The Gays Of Our Lives, there’s a documentary being done about me called Stand up Fall Down Comedy & I just won The Indy Star’s readers choice award for Indianapolis’ Best Comedian! I also just got my first keynote speaker gig which is more of what I want to do because I can help so many more people!

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MARTY ROSS

Los Angeles, CA

When he turned 65 and was eligible for Social Security Marty discovered being old was a drag and he vowed to warn others. At 66 he started his standup comedy career and has been performing all over Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles since.”When I first worked with Dani of Laughter On Call I knew Dani was on to something. I love Laughter On Call because Dani, Jeneta and all the performers care about their mission of laughter for all!”

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WENDY HOPKINS

Los Angeles, CA

Wendy Hopkins is a Second City Alumni and a Canadian Comedy Award nominee. She started her career as an improviser and actress in Toronto, toured her one-person shows throughout Canada, the US and Australia and eventually settled in Los Angeles where she began writing, directing and producing TV. Wendy co-created the award winning series, The Tournament (“a rarity to be treasured”, NYT), was nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award for her original pilot, FANCY, directed the Emmy award-winning series Corner Gas (CTV), The Tournament (CBC), G-Spot (Showcase). She lives in Los Angeles where she’s working on a new pilot and a play.

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List of additional comedians available upon request.

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Jackie Monahan is a comedian and writer. She has been working for Laughter On Call a little less than a year. I was lucky enough to catch up with her between her time with Carmen, who she makes laugh between 10-12 hours a week, and the rest of her jam-packed writer/performer schedule.