I’m just returning home after a wonderful trip to the west coast. I had a blast at the bumbershoot festival in Seattle, where I got to perform with a bunch of great comedians, notably Beth Stelling, Carmen Lynch and Janeane Garofalo. I also got to watch a ton of great music and comedy by the likes of The Replacements, Foster the People and the Improvised Shakespeare troupe. Amazing! Check them out of you get the chance.

After that I was off to Los Angeles to do The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. I was very excited because not only would I be doing standup but my very first panel appearance, sitting down and chatting with Craig about Teachers Lounge. I had a blast.

The tenth and final episode of Teachers Lounge just came out, starring the hilarious Jim Norton (Opie & Jim Norton on Sirius XM radio) as the head of security. You can watch all ten episodes of season one on  www.thundershorts.com or on YouTube.

We’ve got big news, folks! Seriously, this is BIG…

Alec Baldwin has joined the cast of Teachers Lounge as the P.A. announcer!!! “What?!! How did that happen?” We asked him and he said “Yes!”

Janeane Garofalo, our P.A. announcer in episodes 1-5, is busy shooting a project in Vancouver. So we decided to reach out to Alec Baldwin, who several months ago tweeted that he’s a fan of my stand up. We got in touch with him through Judah Friedlander, who appeared on 30 Rock with him, and he said “Yes.” Insane, right? We can’t believe it, either.

Alec Baldwin will be our P.A. announcer in episodes 6-10.

Of course, we wouldn’t have been able to complete “Teachers Lounge” without everyone who donated to our kickstarter. We thank everyone who gave so generously to make our project a reality!

In the series, I play the music teacher, my friend Hollis James (co-creator of TL) plays the janitor and some of the very best comedians in the world guest star as faculty members.

Lewis Black as the Principal

Lewis Black as the Principal

A school with this kind of faculty would probably be shut down. Luckily, we’re a comedy web series:

- Jim Gaffigan as the Nutritionist

- Lewis Black as the Principal

- Judy Gold as the Gym Teacher

- Dave Attell as the School Photographer

- Todd Barry as the Librarian

- Rachel Feinstein as the School Nurse

- Jim Norton as the Head of Security

- Michael Che as Head of the Gifted & Talented Program

- Judah Friedlander as the Computer Science Teacher

- Janeane Garofalo as the Public Address Announcer

- Musician Ted Leo as himself!

Come on. That’s already a pretty ridiculous cast, and now we’ve added Alec Baldwin!

Please tweet, share and help us spread the word about Teachers Lounge because we are a grassroots operation and word of mouth is definitely the best way to make people aware of our series. Check out and “like” our official Teachers Lounge fan page on facebook, too.

Many thanks,

Ted