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Grade School Gets Raunchy with Teachers

Starting this week, six Chicago improvisers star in a new TV Land sitcom.

Six years after the Katydids, a Chicago-born improv sextet of women who all bear a variation of the name Katherine, first took the iO stage, the group is finally having a breakout moment. On Wednesday, the Katydids will premiere the twisted sitcom Teachers on TV Land. The show centers on six insecure, selfie-obsessed elementary school educators who attempt to shape young lives as their own fall apart. In the world of Teachers, the line between adults and children is thin at best. Meet the cast below.

Caitlin Barlow

Caitlin Barlow

as Cecelia Cannon
Photos: Courtesy of Michael Schwartz/TV Land

Comedic style Dark
Fun fact “My great-great-grandpa invented ginger ale. He sold the patent during World War I to Canada Dry for $134.”
Her character “She’s a social-justice warrior who wants to make the world a better place.”

 

Katy Colloton

Katy Colloton

as Chelsea Snap

Comedic style Physical and goofy
Fun fact “Both my parents are named Pat. It’s an issue.”
Her character “Immature, insecure, and obsessed with pop culture. She’s the quintessential mean girl with an arsenal of insults.”

 

Cate Freedman

Cate Freedman

as A.J. Feldman

Comedic style Acerbic and absurdist
Fun fact “I’ve attended multiple Little Richard concerts.”
Her character “She’s not exactly overflowing with ambition. She has an eternally youthful mindset.”

 

Kate Lambert

Kate Lambert

as Caroline Watson

Comedic style Ridiculous
Fun fact “I have a Mary Poppins umbrella, and I get really excited when it rains.”
Her character “She doesn’t shy away from telling children how the world works—she thinks there should be winners and losers.”

 

Katie O’Brien

Katie O’Brien

as Mary Louise Bennigan

Comedic style Observational
Fun fact “I watch so many murder documentaries that there are some murders I am disappointed in.”
Her character “Repressed, naive, and a bit of a religious nut. She’s kind of everybody’s annoying little sister.”

 

Kathryn Renée Thomas

Kathryn Renée Thomas

as Deb Adler

Comedic style Dry and cynical
Fun fact “In high school, I wore skater pants, Tori Amos T-shirts, and dog collars.”
Her character “She hasn’t grown out of being the high school outcast. She’s weird and kind of goth.”

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