FARMINGTON —  ’Tis that time of year again — crowded aisles, petrified fruitcakes and motorized moonin’ Santa statuettes and all signs pointing to a tough winter of keeping the wood fires stoked and oil tanks filled. How to cope? Why, with laughter, of course.

  On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5, the western Maine comedy troupe Teachers Lounge Mafia will present “Stale Milk & Sour Cookies II: Another Evening of Irreverent Holiday Comedy” at 7:30 p.m. in Lincoln Auditorium on the University of Farmington campus.

The performance will feature a collection of all-original sketch and improv comedy designed to keep Aunt Edna’s eggnog down and Uncle Bunny’s complaining bearable. And this year’s production should leave everyone feeling just a little warmer in the house and the heart. All proceeds will go toward the Good Neighbor Tri-Town Fuel Assistance Program, aiding households in the Jay-Livermore-Livermore Falls area.

Skits written by the troupe will be combined with classic improv games given a seasonal bent — and there might even be a sincere song or two to capture the holiday spirit. The humor will be plentiful, but audiences should be aware that it is not for all ages. Audience discretion is advised.

Teachers Lounge Mafia consists of area comic actors Emily Pottle, Alex Kreitzman, Jeff Bailey, Kyla Wheeler, Natalie Bean, Gavin Pickering and Dan Ryder. The troupe takes inspiration from the early years of “Saturday Night Live,” “Upright Citizens Brigade, “Kids in the Hall,” “The State,” the writings of Franklin W. Dixon and R.L. Stine and its own twisted comic stylings.

Doors will open at 7 p.m. Donations benefiting the Good Neighbor Tri-Town Fuel Assistance Program are encouraged. For more information, e-mail [email protected] or call 578-0357.


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