Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Friday, November 18, 2011
Farmington - Many believe Black Friday signals the start of the dysfunctional holiday season and they would be wrong. It really begins on December 2nd and 3rd in UMF’s Lincoln Auditorium as western Maine comedians Teachers Lounge Mafia deliver Stale Milk & Sour Cookies IV, a weekend of irreverent holiday improv. All proceeds from these shows will go to Western Maine Community Action’s LIHEAP heating program.
For the past three years, Teachers Lounge Mafia have welcomed in the spirits of commercialism, familial stress, and eggnog with their own peculiar brand of improv and sketch comedy. This marks the fourth installment and should be the best yet with the audience providing the ideas and TLM providing the laughs. Those who have seen the group perform at regional venues such as Calzolaio Pasta Co., 49 Franklin St., or even in support of the A-T Hope with Every Step event in Livermore Falls, can expect much of the same. And there will be some new games, and a surprise or two, on hand as well.
Stale Milk & Sour Cookies is more than just a tradition for TLM. It marks the fourth anniversary of the group’s founding. Over its history, the group has raised funds for disaster relief, medical research, and other charitable causes. This year, one hundred percent of the suggested donations taken at the door will go directly to heating area homes in the form of WMCA’s Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). With an especially brutal winter forecasted and major cuts to its federal support dollars, LIHEAP now, perhaps more than ever, needs everyone to help however they can. Teachers Lounge Mafia hopes to reward that generosity the best way it can: laughter.
The western Maine troupe consists of local comic actors Jeff Bailey, Natalie Simmons, Alex Kreitzman, Gavin Pickering, Emily Pottle, Dan Ryder, and Kyla Wheeler. Taking inspiration from Saturday Night Live, Upright Citizens Brigade, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The State, the writings of Dr. Suess and Gene Autry as well as their own twisted comic stylings, Teachers Lounge Mafia hope to bring something different to the foothills – and still be allowed to live here.
Stale Milk & Sour Cookies IV will be held in Roberts Learning Center’s Lincoln Auditorium on the University of Maine at Farmington campus. Doors open at 7 p.m. with showtime at 7:30 p.m. The show contains mature content. Suggested donations of $5 per person will be accepted at the door. For more information, visit www.teachersloungemafiaimprov.com or call 578-0357.
Thursday, August 11, 2011
We've done workshops and performances at Camp Kawanhee for Boys, workshops with Pilgrim Lodge, performed for the Jay-Niles Summer Reading Camp, and brought good ol' fashioned TLM power (credit to Steve Muise for putting that word in the lexicon) at Calzolaio Pasta Co. in Wilton.
And now we get to the main event: Portland Improv Fest 2011 at the Lucid Stage in Portland, Thursday, August 11th through Sunday, August 14th. More info is here.
We will be bum rushing the stage on Friday night alongside Active Ingredients and ImprovBoston MainStage. But get there each night because there will be something amazing happening on each and every one of them.
More Teachers Lounge Mafia news coming soon including fall performances, appearance at Boston Improv Fest, and a brand new website!
Monday, July 18, 2011
Teachers Lounge members have been busy doing all sorts of stuff. Participating in intense workshops at Upright Citizens Brigade's Training Center in New York, directing children's summer theater, prepping film camps, guiding kayakers through New Hampshire wilderness, preparing for company audits. And that was just this past Thursday.
Like a coiled cobra, we've just been waiting to strike -- but without the poisonous fangs. Or a taste that mongoose find irresistible.
August brings two performance dates to mark on the calendars.
August 5th, we return to Calzolaio Pasta Company in Wilton for a full-on performance. Unlike past performances, this one will not feature the Italian buffet. The bar will be open, menus available, and as a result the show is a mere $5. Showtime is at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited so get there early.
A week later, August 12th, TLM performs at the 2nd Annual Portland Improv Festival, being held at the Lucid Stage on Baxter Blvd. in Portland. We will be appearing alongside Boston-area groups Active Ingredients and ImprovBoston's Mainstage. Showtime is 8 p.m. Be certain to check out the PIF 2011 website for the rest of the line ups. Brilliant stuff from throughout New England.
And we're doing a bunch of other cool stuff as well: working with summer camps, running some workshops, and setting up a mighty fierce Teachers Lounge Mafia fall season. You'll forget all about us being awful quiet June and July.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
What's on the horizon? We're workshopping some new games, making some connections, and performing at a handful of private events.
PRIVATE EVENTS!?!? What? Teachers Lounge Mafia Improv is available for hire?
We sure are. Follow the link on the blog to our request form or just sling a line to teachersloungemafiaimprov at gmail.com and we will get right back to you. Birthday and graduation parties, Project Graduation, fundraisers of all sorts, workshops and showcases, summer camps, festivals and fairs, professional development and company retreats; give us a holler if you have any interest at all in having custom-built improv be part of your next gathering.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
We are looking forward to another amazing crowd -- and some seriously fantastic eats.
And if you didn't make the show, drive just a short ways down the road on Saturday the 9th for TLM Improv dinner theater at Mountain Valley Middle School in Mexico to support the RSU #10 afterschool program. $10 for a great cause. Please note: it's a full on, mature content show.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Teachers Lounge Mafia Improv Comedy Returns to Calzolaio Pasta Co. on April 8th
WILTON - Last time they landed three days early for Valentine’s Day; now they are a week late for April Fool’s. At some point Teachers Lounge Mafia will perform at Calzolaio Pasta Company on a date of significance. Until then, audiences will just have to be content with an evening of pasta and comedy on Friday, April 8th at the Italian restaurant located in the heart of Wilton’s downtown.
Built from audience-provided suggestions, Teachers Lounge Mafia delivers improvisational games and sketches designed to yank people right out of mud season and on to higher ground. The group performs interactive games similar to those popularized on television’s “Whose Line Is It, Anyway?” as well as original formats and scenes. No two shows are ever just alike. The only guarantees for the evening are high energy comedy and brilliant Italian cuisine.
For these unique evenings out, Calzolaio Pasta Company serves up an Italian buffet featuring a served salad, meat lasagna, pasta primavera, chicken parmesan, crusty Italian bread and a soft drink. A cash bar will be available as well. The event marks Teachers Lounge Mafia’s return performance to the downtown Wilton eatery after a sold out show in February.
Teachers Lounge Mafia consists of local comic actors Jeff Bailey, Emily Pottle, Dan Ryder, Natalie Simmons and Kyla Wheeler. Most recently seen raising funds for the Jay PTO, Teachers Lounge have performed throughout Maine and New Hampshire, including the Portland Improv Festival. Inspired by Upright Citizens Brigade, Saturday Night Live, The State, and the works of G. Gordon Liddy and Hugh Beaumont, Teachers Lounge Mafia strives to bring something different to the foothills of western Maine and still be allowed to live here.
Tickets for matured-rated event include salad, buffet, bread, soft drink, tax and gratuity, and an extra large helping of comedy, for $20. Seating begins at 6 p.m. with food served at 6:30 p.m. Seating is extremely limited and reservations are strongly suggested by contacting Calzolaio Pasta Company at 645-9500, or e-mailing email@example.com.
Photo by Kaija Fellman