[photo credit Teachers Lounge, wikicommons]
Big news in the world of comedy web series. You will be hearing a familiar voice ringing through the halls of everyone’s favorite unnamed internet elementary school. Alec Baldwin has joined the already impressive cast of Teachers Lounge as the school’s P.A. Announcer.
Teachers Lounge is a new digital series created by comedians Ted Alexandro and Hollis James– who also both star in the series as the music teacher and the janitor. The series takes place completely within the confines of an elementary school teacher’s lounge, and it’s one of the best digital series on the internet right now.
Series creators Ted Alexandro and Hollis James couldn’t be happier that Baldwin will be making the school’s P.A. announcements. We reached out to Ted to find out how he managed to get Baldwin on board. “A few months ago Alec Baldwin tweeted that he was listening to my comedy album on Sirius XM radio and he loved it,” Alexandro said. “I thanked him and said what a big fan I am of his.” Then when Ted and Hollis realized they needed someone to do the P.A. announcements for their web series, Alexandro figured, why not take a shot and reach out to Alec? So he contacted comedian Judah Friedlander who worked with Baldwin on 30 Rock, and has also appeared on Teachers Lounge. “Within 24 hours I received an email saying ‘Alec would love to do Teachers Lounge.’ Hollis and I just about dropped dead,” Alexandro said. “Everything about this project has been like that, just reaching out directly to people, but Alec Baldwin is beyond our wildest dreams. We’re kind of stunned, really. We recorded with him and he was just perfect. We can’t believe how lucky we got. He’s the best.”
Baldwin joins an already stellar cast consisting of some of the funniest comedians working today. Who wouldn’t want to go to a school where Lewis Black is the principal, Jim Gaffigan is a nutrition teacher who really appreciates white wine, Judah Friedlander teaches computer science, Michael Che works the gifted and talented program, and the gym teacher is Judy Gold? And one of the series highlights so far, has been episode five, guest starring Dave Attell as an inexperienced but very passionate school photographer. Upcoming guests include Jim Norton, Rachel Feinstein, Todd Barry, and this week’s guest, Michael Che is running for faculty president against Alexandro’s character.
You can watch the new episode, including Baldwin’s appearance, below.
Ted Alexandro is a New York City based comedian and writer. He has appeared on Letterman, Conan, Kimmel, Ferguson, SiriusXM’s Ron and Fez Show, has two Comedy Central Half Hour Specials, and opened for Louis CK at Carnegie Hall. Teachers Lounge is produced for Thundershorts, the newest destination for original comedy web series. Follow Hollis James and Ted Alexandro on twitter, and you can find Teachers Lounge on the Thundershorts YouTube channel and through Thundershorts.com.