FARMINGTON – Teachers Lounge Mafia, western Maine’s new comedy troupe, is offering the gift of laughter this holiday season.

The theater group will present “Stale Milk & Sour Cookies: An Evening of Irreverent Holiday Comedy” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 5-6, in Alumni Theater on the University of Maine at Farmington campus.

The performance features a collection of all-original sketch and improv comedy designed to make Aunt Edna’s fruitcake edible and Uncle Bunny’s singing bearable. All proceeds will go to Sandy River Players and improving the theater group’s playhouse.

“Stale Milk & Sour Cookies” takes a comic look at the struggles we face this time of year: embarrassing relatives, obnoxious guests, awful presents, corny TV specials and the host of those ShamWow ads.

Skits written by the troupe will be combined with classic improv games given a seasonal bent – with a sincere song or two to keep the holiday spirit happy. The humor will be plentiful but audiences should be aware that it is not for all ages.

Teachers Lounge Mafia is made up of area comic actors Emily Pottle, Alex Kreitzman, Jeff Bailey, Kyla Wheeler, Natalie Bean and Dan Ryder. Several are former members of other improv groups. Taking inspiration from the early years of “Saturday Night Live,” “Upright Citizens Brigade,” “Kids in the Hall,” “The State,” the writings of David Sedaris and Nathaniel Hawthorne and their own twisted comic stylings, the Teachers Lounge Mafia hopes to bring something different to the foothills.

A suggested donation of $5 will be collected at the door. Tickets will be available at the door or may be reserved by calling the SRP box office at 779-7084. For more information, contact Teachers Lounge Mafia at [email protected]

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