FARMINGTON – Lincoln Auditorium on the University of Maine at Farmington campus will be filled with panic-stricken comedy Friday and Saturday, May 1-2, courtesy of Teachers Lounge Mafia.

The improv troupe’s new show, “Mayday! Mayday!,” features a collection of all-original improv and sketch comedy designed to help audiences escape the last trappings of mud season.

There will be classic crowd participation games, some standards of the Teachers Lounge repertoire and a couple of new comic experiences incorporating the Internet.

Teachers Lounge Mafia was last seen delivering early morning comedy to participants in UMF’s Relay for Life at the Health and Recreation Center. Just prior to that, the group shared the stage with UMF’s improv comics, Lawn Chair Pirates, to benefit the relay and cancer research.

Making up Teachers Lounge Mafia are area comic actors Emily Pottle, Gavin Pickering, Jeff Bailey, Kyla Wheeler, Natalie Bean and Dan Ryder. Several are former members of other improv groups, including The Curtain Raisers and Lawn Chair Pirates.

Teachers Lounge Mafia takes inspiration from the early years of “Saturday Night Live;” theater groups Upright Citizens Brigade, Kids in the Hall and The State; and the writings of Judy Blume and Pablo Naruto, as well as its own comic stylings.

Performances of “Mayday! Mayday!” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Lincoln Auditorium of Roberts Learning Center.

The show contains mature content so audience discretion is advised.

Admission is free with nonperishables being collected to support a local food bank. For more information, contact [email protected], call 578-0357 or look for Teachers Lounge Mafia on Facebook.

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