This production was staged as part of our 2014/15 Season

It's a Wonderful Laugh

It's a Wonderful Laugh

November 28 to December 20, 2014 | On the Hertz Stage
World Premiere
Part of the Holiday Series

By the Dad's Garage Ensemble

Ages 18+
It's a Wonderful Laugh is created and intended for adult audiences and may contain some or all of the following types of adult humor: cursing, sexual innuendo, violence, and/or nudity.

Dad's Garage invades Bedford Falls and the Hertz Stage, where the audience plays a part in each night's invasion.

The award-winning Dad's Garage Ensemble will be parodying the quintessential Christmas story It's a Wonderful Life. You'll see your favorite characters acting in ways that might not be so familiar as Dad's Garage improvisers create a whole new holiday experience right before your very eyes. Every evening the audience will choose a new "invader" (who is a complete surprise to the cast and can be anything from a big purple monster to Beyoncé) to infiltrate the world of George Bailey and Bedford Falls. What would Christmas be like if George never existed and Beyoncé came to town? It's up to the cast to keep the story on track, and things are guaranteed to get crazy!

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Cast & Crew


  • Violet
    Jackie has been doing theatre since she was 10. She’s been in several productions from Oklahoma! to A Slight Case of Murder and, more recently, Atlanta’... read more »
  • Clarence
    Karen is thrilled to be back at the Alliance with Dad’s Garage’s second production on the Hertz Stage. She is an improviser and ensemble member at Dad’... read more »
  • Mary
    Perry is part of the Woodruff Arts Center family, through her involvement in the Arts4Learning youth program. She is a recent addition to the ensemble at Laughing... read more »
  • Old Man Potter/Uncle Billy/God
    Matt is excited to be back at the Alliance, where last year he was too heavy for the Ghost of Christmas Past’s floating entrance rig and shattered it like a child... read more »
  • Harry
    Ed is very excited to be back at the Alliance for another Dad’s Garage production (seriously, I don’t know why they invited us back) and another opportunity... read more »
  • George Bailey
    Daniel is happy to be back at the Alliance. Other Alliance credits: By the Way, Meet Vera Starkand It's a Wonderful Laugh. TV/Film: Endless Love... read more »


  • Sound Design
    Dan designs sound all over town, plays bass for the Dirt Poets, and co-hosts The Nine Billion Names of Pod podcast. Big love to Courtney.
  • Set Design
    Jamie is resident designer, coordinator of design/tech and an associate professor at Kennesaw State University in the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies.... read more »
  • Costume Design
    Alexa is so excited to be spending another holiday season working with her Dad’s Garage family and the wonderful people at the Alliance Theatre! She... read more »
  • Lighting Design
    Joshua is a graduate of Georgia College and State University, where he studied theatre with an emphasis in lighting, acting and directing. His past designs for Dad... read more »
  • Stage Manager
    Becky is super excited to be working with Dad’s Garage again...and at the Alliance! Becky has stage managed quite a few Dad’s Garage shows including, but not... read more »


  • Director
    Kevin is positively tickled to be back at the Alliance after directing last year’s It’s a Wonderful Laugh on the Hertz Stage. As artistic director, he has... read more »
  • Assistant Director

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