Tom Schedler Publicly Reappears in Support of Local Comedy

Just two months after resigning in disgrace, former Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler made an impromptu appearance onstage Saturday night at a locally produced comedy game show in Baton Rouge.

Schedler and a female companion were attending the one-year anniversary show of Trivial Objections at the Manship Theatre when both of them were escorted onstage as part of a game.

During a round called “Make an Ass Out of You and Me,” host Michael Alford tasked the contestants (veteran area comedians Evan Rabalais, Nick Portier, Mike Honore, and Howard Hall Jr.) with various scavenger-hunt-styled challenges involving the audience. When Rabalais searched the crowd for someone who does not have a Twitter account, as instructed by Alford, he noticed the woman with Schedler was drawing attention to the Republican by demonstrably pointing at him.

All five members of the cast admittedly had no idea he was the statewide elected official who resigned from office earlier this year after his former employee Dawn Ross filed suit against him, claiming he had sexually harassed her for years.

“That guy,” Rabalais declared from stage, pointing at Schedler. Rabalais then went to Schedler’s seat and brought him up onstage as the opposing team escorted the attention-grabbing woman, who identified herself as “Peggy,” to the stage as their choice for the challenge.

Comedian Evan Rabalais (long-sleeve T-shirt in July, center) asks former Sec. of State Tom Schedler if he has a Twitter account as his companion “Peggy” looks on. Howard Hall Jr. (far left), Nick Portier, and Mike Honore (far right) await the answer.

Unlike numerous members of the audience who could be heard buzzing as “Tom” made his way onstage, all five members of the cast admittedly had no idea he was the statewide elected official who resigned from office earlier this year after his former employee Dawn Ross filed suit against him, claiming he had sexually harassed her for years.

At least once, Hall referred to Peggy as Schedler’s wife. As of this writing, the 68-year-old is still married to his wife, Stephanie, as he has been for over 40 years.

When asked by Rabalais if he had a Twitter account, Schedler responded “No,” earning points for Rabalais and Honore’s team, The Cloverfield Monsters: Because There’s More Than One. Meanwhile, Team Rizzoli & Isles (Portier and Hall) received zero points when Peggy said she has an inactive Twitter account.

The couple then returned to their seats as Alford introduced the next challenge. They apparently left the show during intermission moments later.

The Cloverfield Monsters eventually prevailed, resulting in a rather spectacular form of punishment for Portier, the designated recipient from the losing team. Area professional wrestler Russ Radford delivered a trio of percussive, open-hand slaps to Portier’s bare chest, leaving a visible red mark and a potentially ruptured blood vessel in their wake.

Incidentally, while Schedler no longer has control of the Secretary of State’s Office Twitter feed, it turns out he still has an account associated with his 2015 re-election campaign. It’s been active in the past year, with a tweet reminding voters about Election Day last November.

When reached for comment, Alford refused to say whether he’d consider The Cloverfield Monsters’ win tainted by Schedler’s failure to disclose the Twitter account bearing his name. Even if he did vacate Rabalais and Honore’s victory, Alford explained, the punishment for losing was already meted out to the most deserving person onstage that night.

“If anybody deserves to get three monster, cardiac-arresting slap chops to the sternum, it’s Nick,” he said. “He’s always so mean to me.”

 

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