Over the Lege Part 4: The House Awakens – Press Release

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Contact: Stephanie Chiarello, Creator, Over the Lege at 512-763-2298 or overthelegetx@gmail.com 

 Popular Texas Political Comedy Show Takes Over The Long Center This September 

Over the Lege, a live sketch comedy and variety show, returns to take on the Texas 86th legislative session. 

 (AUSTIN, TX) — Over the Lege, the number one — and some might say only — political satire show focused solely on the Texas Legislature returns to the Rollins Theater at the Long Center for two weekends with Over The Lege Part 4: The House Awakens.  

 In a time when we all need a reprieve from watching the news, what better way to learn about the inner workings of the Texas legislature than through song, dance, and sketch comedy? It’s true, we have found a way to make voter suppression entertaining with our opener, “So You Think You Can Vote?” 

Want to know what is on that secret recording between Michael Quinn Sullivan and Speaker Dennis Bonnen, well then do we have a sketch for you!

Those of you who love break-out characters Ma and Pa, our very own Texas Gothics, will enjoy their latest irreverent commentary. “That’s right, Ma.”

 Created and hosted by long-term Texas legislative staffer Stephanie Chiarello, Over the Lege brings together political insiders, improv actors, and comedy writers to expose the shenanigans of the Texas Legislature.  Comedic legend Tom Booker directs; Denise Hudson provides musical accompaniment; Janet Maykus and Amy Lowrey lead an incredible cast of comedians.

Over the Lege is presented in two acts. In the first, you’ll say “wait, is that really true?” while guffawing at the policies and actions from our legislature (yes, they passed a law letting you hunt feral hogs from a hot air balloon). In the second, host, Stephanie Chiarello interviews a real Texas political celebrity, and then welcomes a panel of “colleagues”–aka improvisers–to further shed light on the operations of the Texas Legislature.

“It is my public service,” says creator Stephanie Chiarello. “It is my yard sign, my blockwalk, and my thirty-second TV ad, a way of shining a light on civic participation in Texas and thereby inspiring more Texans to get involved. I think it’s working.”

Running September 20-29th, the award-winning show brings its high-energy humor to the Rollins Theater at the Long Center for six exclusive shows. 

Guests include:

  •  Friday September 20 – Representative Celia Israel
  • Saturday September 21 – Senator Kirk Watson
  • Sunday, September 22 – TBA
  • Friday, September 27 – Representative Sarah Davis
  • Saturday, September 28 – Speaker Pro-Tem Joe Moody
  • Sunday, September 29 – TBA

Show times are 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. 

Tickets may be purchased here – http://bit.ly/TicketsOTLP4.    

Over the Lege is a sponsored project of the Austin Creative Alliance.


For those of you interested in writing a feature story, you may interview the creator and cast. You may also attend a rehearsal. For more information, contact Stephanie Chiarello at 512-763-2298 or overthelegetx@gmail.com.  


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