Local comedy troupe produces annual DVD and plans screening

WHAT: LaughCrafters: Holiday Show

WHO: Phantom Sheep Players comedy troupe

WHEN: Monday, December 21st, 2009  7PM

WHERE: Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper Street, Agawam, MA 01001

Contact: Eric Boucher,, 413-789-1302

AGAWAM, MA- The Phantom Sheep Players, a comedy troupe based in western Massachusetts will be holding a free public screening of their latest annual video holiday show at the Agawam Public Library, located 750 Cooper Street, on Monday December 21st starting at 7PM in the community room.

“LaughCrafters” will feature over an hour of original comedy that includes sketches, improvisation, parodies, and social satire with most scenes themed around the holidays as the troupe has produced each winter for the past decade.  Since 2005, the show has been produced as a DVD that has also been shown on Amherst ACTV.  This year, by popular demand, the troupe returns to the Agawam Library where they’ve taught improvisation workshops for a public screening of the show with the writer/performers on hand to meet and may even perform a few scenes live.

Feedback from previous holiday shows has been very positive including a review stating the Phantom Sheep Players have “combined the flavor of “Saturday Night Live”, “Second City”, and “Laugh In” and put it all together to make [their] own unique style of comedy”.  The troupe is excited to premiere this new material that was produced over the course of just a few weeks.  “You will see everything from witty banter word play to physical comic clowning,” notes troupe member Jeff Tingley. “We also parody everything from pop culture to everyday slice of life”.

The Phantom Sheep Players repertoire includes Eric Boucher, Tommy Lynch, Greg Seymour, Jenny Taylor, Jeff Tingley, and Kevin Zabawa each with a wide variety of professional entertainment experience that includes improvisation, voice-overs, teaching, writing, directing, video production, and even puppetry.  As a team, they have written and performed all the material in “LaughCrafters” including playing the multiple characters…both male and female, young and old.  “We are proud of the entire creative and production process,” says co-founding member Boucher. “And because of our improv experience, some of the best ideas come from our great collaboration”.  Troupe members Taylor and Lynch actually started out as Phantom Sheep workshop students and were part of one of the original holiday stage shows 10 years ago.

Phantom Sheep Players have enjoyed performing together for several years since originally forming in 1996.  They are known for their successful series of LaughCrafters: Comedy Improv shows and workshops that are customized for audiences of all ages along with creating over 25 original shows for the theme park industry.   Due to the satirical material and some innuendo, this holiday show is not recommended for young children; however it does not contain nudity nor profanity.

The show is also currently available on DVD with several bonus features and people are encouraged to buy their own copy for under $10 at to help support the project.  Copies will also available for sale at the screening event and will also be shown throughout the winter on ACTV in the Amherst area.

For more information about the troupe and information about the show including production photos, please visit their website at

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