Kurtis (Jett) Matthews – Beginner and Advanced Comedy Teacher
Specialties: Stand Up, LA and National Comedy Market, TV/Radio, Public Speaking, Speech Writing, Team Building, Creativity and Innovation, Executive Coaching
In 1984, Kurtis began his comedy career at the Comedy Store in Hollywood, later appearing and touring with Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow, George Lopez, Jeff Cesario, Jim Carrey, Bob Goldthwaite, Rodney Dangerfield, Janeane Garofalo, Alonzo Bodden and Mark Lundholm, among others.
Fourteen years of full time touring as a stand-up, appearing on national television, numerous radio shows and a five-year stint in the software industry provided both the show business and corporate experience not found in any other comedy teacher. In 1999, the San Francisco Comedy College (SFCC) was born.
Over the past seventeen years, the SFCC has become the largest stand up school in the country, training over 9,000 people to be funny with classes in stand up, improv, one-person shows and comedy writing. In 2006, HBO came to the SFCC to showcase comedians for its annual US Arts Comedy Festival in Aspen, marking the first time the network, nationally renowned for its comedy programming, scouted for talent at a comedy school. In 2006 and 2008, the Late Show with David Letterman held auditions for upcoming episodes at the SFCC, solidifying their role as the most sought-after comedy training in the country.
Kurtis is one of only two instructors in the United States, who offer the “process-based” comedy training that anyone can use to be funny. His seminars have been widely applauded by the National Speakers Association of Northern California, The Harvard Club of Silicon Valley, Laugh Lovers of Oakland, The Great American Comedy Festival and the Scottsdale Comedy Festival.
As well as being a great comedy teacher Kurtis tours the country working corporate gigs, conventions and rehabs. He can also be seen nationwide in 2017 - 18 as talent in the Addicts Comedy Tour and in re runs in the UK as the star of BBC1s “Find Me the Funny.”
Joe Tobin – Advanced Comedy Teacher
Specialties: Stand Up, Bay Area and National Comedy Markets
Originally from Philadelphia, comedian Joe Tobin has been a regular at Bay Area clubs for almost 10 years, to nearly universal acclaim. (Joe Montana once shook his hand and said, “good job.” This may have been the highlight of his career.) An East Coast personality trapped in a West Cost lifestyle, Joe’s standup has been featured on the Independent Film Channel, the Comcast Channel, and on local television and radio. He produces and co-hosts a weekly sports comedy podcast (“Switching Teams”) and a comedy variety show (Tobin Mic Night).
Greg Dean – Consultant/Adjunct Professor
Specialties: Comedy Theory, Stand Up, Public Speaking
The San Francisco Comedy College is proudly associated with Greg Dean’s Stand-Up Comedy Workshops in Los Angeles. Greg is the author of “Step-By-Step to Stand-Up Comedy” and since 1982 has taught stand up technique to thousands of comedians. Greg is multi year veteran of nightclubs, street shows and the corporate arena.
Eddie Brill – Consultant/Adjunct Professor
Specialties: Stand Up, Corporate, International and Domestic Television
Eddie Brill, for the past ten years and counting, has worked on the Late Show with David Letterman. He is the audience warm-up and Talent Coordinator for the comedians who appear on the show.
He started stand-up comedy in the late 70s in college, but moved back to NY and was a copywriter for an advertising agency for a short while. But in July of 1984, he got back into doing stand-up when he started, booked and hosted the very successful Paper Moon Comedy Club in the west village of NYC and hasn’t stopped since. Since then he has become an international comedian who can work most anywhere in the world…anywhere in the world where they speak English of course. He has taped more than 100 television shows in six different countries. He is also a 3-time MAC Award Winner (Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs) for Best Male Stand-up Comic in NYC.
But are they great comedy teachers? Many great comedians can’t teach comedy, and many great comedy teachers aren’t very funny. Amazingly, all of these teachers are both! Not sure? Find out for yourself by attending a free intro!