Mary Boucher of Kennebunk, left, and Dennis Hunt of Biddeford try out jokess from the American Chamber of Comedy’s newest improv comedy hit ‘Well Thawed Out,’ which will be performed Saturday night at the Maine Rep, 40 Main St. in Biddeford.  COURTESY PHOTO/Woody Leland

BIDDEFORD — For years, audiences tuned in to watch some of the best improvisational comedy on ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway” on television and now some of that inane hilarity can be found right here in Biddeford.

The American Chamber of Comedy’s newest improv comedy hit, “Well Thawed Out” continues its run at the Maine Rep stage this coming Saturday night with their family-friendly show at 7 p.m. followed by a very special late-night fundraising performance at 9 p.m.

Scenes are made up right on the spot with help from the audience’s suggestions.

“And because the cast lineup is always changing and no two audiences are ever alike, no two shows are ever alike. Every night is opening night.” says Steve Burnette of the American Chamber of Comedy.

He said that the “Well Thawed Out” production marks the official American Chamber of Comedy debut of seven new members, bringing its ensemble’s total to 15, with six from the group performing each night.

“We have the best in the business performing on our stage, and I couldn’t be prouder, and more excited as our audience numbers increase,” Burnette said.

Chamber of Comedy co-founder Dave Hanright agreed.

“The feedback has been really positive,” he said. “The area seems hungry for something new and fresh, and with Steve rotating the 15 performers there’s always a new chemistry on the stage and there isn’t the unfortunate malaise that some groups can fall into, which is the appearance of the same people in every show.”

Members of The American Chamber of Comedy are Mary Boucher, Amanda Eaton, Caleb Wilson, Meredith Brustlin, Nate Greene, Stephen Corning, Bob LeBlanc, Molly McGill, David Hanright, Dennis Hunt, Samuel Kuykendall, Stephanie Rose, Joe Swenson, Marie Stewart Harmon, and Tuck Tucker.  The Chamber is directed by Burnette.

Maine Rep is an intimate professional theater company founded by Burnette and Hanright and can be found at the Pepperell Mill, 40 Main St. in downtown Biddeford, and is home to original comedy and Maine’s best dressed and newest improv comedy group, The American Chamber of Comedy. Maine Rep also serves soda, freshly popped popcorn, craft and domestic beers, and wine in a can.

Tickets are $15 and $18, and can be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 205-6201, or visiting the theater during office hours.

Maine Rep also enthusiastically encourages patrons to bring non-perishable food items that they donate to the Biddeford and Saco Food Pantries.  Additionally 2 percent of each ticket sold is donated to Habitat for Humanity, and another 2 percent to Volunteers of America.

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