Teachers Lounge Mafia improv comedy makes landfall in North Jay

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Comic improv troupe, Teachers Lounge Mafia, bring gale force mature-rated comedy to Jay-Niles Library on Friday, Oct at 7:30 p.m. (Pictured left to right) Kyla Wheeler, Dan Ryder, Natalie Bean, Jeff Bailey, Gavin Pickering and Emily Pottle. Photo by Kaija Fellman

NORTH JAY – Hurricane season has been kind to us so far. Western Maine improv troupe, Teachers Lounge Mafia brings gale force funny to the Jay-Niles Library in North Jay on Friday, October 2, at 7:30 p.m. for a free evening of mature-rated improv comedy.

Armed with only their wits and the suggestions of the audience, Teachers Lounge Mafia deliver over an hour of improvised comedy. Sometimes the laughs come in the form of audience-interactive games and sometimes in the shape of longer scenes and storylines. But no matter what, it’s all about the funny. And the function room upstairs at Jay-Niles Library seems to have the perfect conditions for it this fall.

Teachers Lounge Mafia have performed throughout western and central Maine, most recently bringing their particular brand of improv comedy to The Granary in Farmington. The group consists of local comic actors Jeff Bailey, Natalie Bean, Alex Kreitzman, Gavin Pickering, Emily Pottle, Dan Ryder, and Kyla Wheeler, several of whom have appeared onstage as members of area comic groups Lawn Chair Pirates and Curtain Raisers.

Taking inspiration from Saturday Night Live, Upright Citizens Brigade, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, The State, the writings of Lois Duncan and Jackie Collins, 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.

This free event at Jay-Niles Library runs for one night only, Friday, October 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. While admission is free, donations of non-perishables to aid the library’s recent food drive are encouraged. Show contains mature content.. For more information, contact Teachers Lounge Mafia at teachersloungemafiaimprov@gmail.com, call (207) 578-0357, or look for the group on Facebook.

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