What is Sonoma Laughfest?
Sonoma Laughfest is our way of bringing some of the fun we loved in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago to Sonoma County. One usually has to go into a major city to see this level of talent do these kindsa shows and we thought that was bullcrap. We've made a lot of friends here in Sonoma and found that the culture here is rich if you are. We are not, so here's something kickass, yet affordable - a 3 night comedy binge-watch. Pack in the fun. Live your life! ... and don't drive into the city, try to park, pay to park, and all that headache and time-suck. It's so easy, guys. We like easy.
Our comedy friends are killin' it, appearing on TV shows like Parks & Recreation, Key and Peele, How I Met Your Mother, Blunt Talk, Crazy Ex Girlfriend, Brooklyn 99, Modern Family, The Birthday Boys, Orange Is the New Black, Silicon Valley, Garfunkel & Oats, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Full House, and in these movies: Jurassic World, Ghostbusters (the new one), and more. We're equally as thrilled bring you amazing Bay Area/San Francisco talent! Let's do this!
Executive Producer, Brooke Tansley
photo credit: Vicky Scesa
Brooke Tansley’s career in entertainment has spanned 26 years both on and off stage and on both sides of the camera.
On stage/camera, Brooke starred on Broadway as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and was in the original cast of Hairspray, eventually playing sidekick Penny Pingleton. Films: Music and Lyrics (Hugh Grant & Drew Barrymore), My Sassy Girl (Elisha Cuthbert & Jesse Bradford), Who’s the Top? (Steve Buscemi), and Take Care. Television: Law & Order: Criminal Intent (NBC) and Video Game Reunion (Comedy Central). Los Angeles stage: the smash hit immersive concert/club experience For the Record, Rocky Horror: the Concert (Janet) at Rockwell Table & Stage, Anne Frank in the West Coast Premiere of Michael John LaChiusa’s Little Fish (Cast Recording on iTunes), and the Los Angeles Regional Premiere of The Light in the Piazza as Clara Johnson (Best Performance by a Leading Actress - Stage Scene LA). She’s performed on the Tony Awards, the Vogue/VH1 Fashion Awards, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon, Live with Regis and Kelly, The Today Show, Christmas in Rockefeller Center, and was featured alongside Micky Dolenz in the starry From Broadway with Love: A Benefit Concert for Sandy Hook on television, DVD, and CD. In the comedy world, Brooke spent three years on the roster of Amy Poehler's Upright Citizens Brigade and has appeared in comedy festivals all over the country. She is currently based in Sonoma County where she has spent four years as a performer with Transcendence Theatre Company's (Winner - Theatre of the Year 2013 & 2014, Broadway World San Francisco) Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London State Historic Park. Her next films are Stumptown from Pixel Grove Productions (shooting Fall 2016) and a stoner comedy with Brooke starring opposite Steve Rannazzisi from FX's The League (in post-production).
Off stage/behind the lens, Brooke’s career began at age 13 when - with her family - she founded St. Mary’s School Children’s Theatre in her hometown of Waterbury, CT. Their ventures into theatrical production have now spanned 24 successful years, 50 productions, and included over 5000 children aged preschool through college, with Brooke serving as either producer, director, choreographer, set designer, lightning designer, or publicist over the years. While studying acting, musical theatre, and design at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, she studied lighting design, studied advanced costume design under Tony Award winner Gregg Barnes, assisted Mr. Barnes on the original Broadway production of Side Show and the reimagining of the iconic Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, served as wardrobe supervisor under Tony Award winners Beowulf Boritt and Marcia Milgrom Dodge, and worked in children’s television, handling national publicity for Nickelodeon’s Goosebumps and Lily Tomlin’s The Magic School Bus. During Brooke’s four years on Broadway, she was proud to have personally raised over $90,000 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, while an original cast member in one Broadway show and later starring in another. Through her work with Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, she partnered with some up-and-coming filmmakers and comedians, producing the feature film Take Care. Brooke thanks her lucky stars daily to have been brought to Sonoma by Transcendence Theatre Company, having worked onstage and off since 2011 in marketing & publicity, front-of-house management, design & branding, casting, ticket sales, event planning, assistant stage management, community outreach & service, merchandise sales, and arts education. In 2015, Brooke served as artistic director for Sonoma Arts Live, a local theatre company. This winter, Brooke will serve as production designer with an award-winning filmmaking team for an investigative thriller shooting in the Nevada desert.
She shares a home in a little gay bear town on the Russian River with her husband - Scott Herrmann, doggies Fenway and Buddy, and seventeen magical redwoods.
Technical Director, Marshall Givens
Festival Manager, Erin McGown
Producer & Talent Coordinator, Kristen Rozanski
Kristen Rozanski is an actress and writer and an all around indoor kid. Acting credits include Ugly Betty (ABC), Law and Order (NBC), Law and Order: SVU (NBC), The Birthday Boys (IFC), Comedy Bang Bang! (IFC), Adam Ruins Everything (TRUTV), The UCB Show (SEESO), I Ship it (CW SEED), Abominable's Filthy, Preppy, Teen$, as well as several videos produced by Funny or Die, College Humor, Nerdist, and Cracked. Favorite theater credits include Into the Weeds: The Bill Weeden Songbook at the Laurie Beechman theatre (NYC), Fahrenheit 451 at 59E59 (NYC), the world premiere of Trick Saddle's Wickets at 3LD (NYC), Guys and Dolls at Teatro Politeama (Palermo, Italy), and her solo show Kristen Rozanski has Womanly Attributes at UCB (LA). She performs regularly at the UCB theater in LA. This year she returns to FringeNYC after receiving great reviews in 2010 for her performance in another of playwright Meghan Gambling's delightful plays, Happy Birthday, Mom. Kristen is referred to as "out of touch" by teenagers for preferring Twitter over Instagram.
Kristen & Brooke onstage at Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles
Production Manager, MeLissa Luna
MeLissa Luna is a writer, actor and musician who writes funny songs as 50% of big time comedy duo, Erin and MeLissa (visit us at ErinAndMeLissa.com btw). Their newest show, Getting Sexy, just debuted in LA. Along with Erin McGown, MeLissa has been a resident of Los Angeles by way of Nashville, TN and in that time has performed all over the country at fan favorites like the Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles, iO West, Nerdmelt Theater, Zanies Nashville, the Comedy Catch - Chattanooga and super fun festivals like San Francisco Sketchfest, Funny Women Fest, LA Musical Improv Festival and two turns at Sonoma Laughfest. She has done other cool things too, like a handstand pushup, but just ask her in person about anything you might be interested in knowing.
Box Office Associate, Tessa Hope Morgan