FARMINGTON — Local improv comedy groups are gearing up for the 2nd Annual Western Maine Improv Comedy Festival.

The event kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, at Rumford’s Mt. Valley High School where local groups Teacher’s Lounge Mafia, Mt. Blue Curtain Raisers, and Rumford’s Room for Improvment get a chance to showcase their unique improv stylings.

Night two begins at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at Mt Blue Campus’s Bjorn Auditorium. Saturday night features the Improv Comedy Mud Bowl, a competition improv event.

Hosted and refereed by Laughletics’ Jimmy Sorrel, the festivities involve teams challenging one another to the sorts of improv games seen on television’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The audience provides not only the suggestions for the actors, but also the final verdict. Who wins and loses depends upon the crowd’s applause.

Facing off that evening will be the Curtain Raisers, Teachers Lounge Mafia, and Room for Improvment, head to head with members of Rhode Island’s Boom Scones, seasoned improv veterans who perform across New England. While cutthroat competitors all, the performers are really out there to make people laugh.

Admission for each night is a suggested donation of $5. This event serves as the major fundraiser for the Mt. Blue Curtain Raisers and Room for Improvment as they make plans for their annual sojourn to Boston.

For more information, email [email protected]

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