Local Comedy Troupe, MouthWorks, Doing Benefit Performances for Area Fire Companies


WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Having grown from a student group to a community group of talented performers, the MouthWorks Comedy Troupe is making a serious difference in the community this summer by helping area fire houses and rescue squads raise needed dollars.

Led by Mercer County Community College's communications faculty member Kathi Paluscio, this unique comedy troupe is made up of MCCC graduates and current students who are giving their time during summer break. "We are a professional, longstanding and hysterical comedy troupe," Paluscio said. "Our members train almost athletically. They study what makes people laugh."

So far this summer the troupe has performed for the Whitehorse Volunteer Fire Company and the Kingston Volunteer Fire Company. Coming shows include a benefit for the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Friday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are $5. Refreshments will be available for sale. It takes place at the VFW, 11 Henderson Road, Kendall Park NJ. For tickets and information call 732-297-9823.

The second August show will benefit the Lambertville/New Hope Rescue Squad on Saturday, Aug. 29 at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 per person and $25 per couple, which includes snacks and finger food. The location is the Lambertville New Hope Ambulance and Rescue Squad, 70 Alexander Ave. Lambertville, NJ. For tickets and information call 609-397-8112.

The economic downturn was the catalyst for the tour, providing an exciting new challenge and giving community organizations a novel and enjoyable way to bring in revenue. Paluscio says audiences won't be disappointed. "We aim high. Everyone feels good after a MouthWorks show. That's our promise!" The performance is an original mix of running gags and jokes, songs, dance and a parade of hilarious, memorable characters.

With a PG rating, "practically G," says Paluscio, the show is modeled after the traveling theater troupes of Medieval Europe. "The theme is of poor vagabonds who make do with ill-fitting costumes and bad props. The show includes music, puppetry, and comedic skits. The tone is crazy and chaotic. Every moment is planned, but it doesn't look like it," she explains.

"These troupe members are really good at what they do--and people who come to see the show are amazed by how funny it is. It is uncommon to see such a high quality production--lighting, sets, special effects, sound, music, dance and comedy, for such a small admittance price. We can compete with any live comedy show that's out there."

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