Kurtis 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. In 1987 Kurtis became a paid regular at the Improv on Melrose and then appeared and toured nationally with Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Ron White, Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow, George Lopez, Jeff Cesario, Jim Carrey, Rodney Dangerfield, Janeane Garofalo, Alonzo Bodden, and Mark Lundholm, among others.
Thirty-five years as a professional 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 twenty years, the SFCC has become the largest stand-up school in the country, training over 10,000 people to be funny with classes in stand up, improv, one-person shows, and comedy writing.
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 and San Francisco, Laugh Lovers of Oakland, multiple Bay Area rotary clubs, The Great American Comedy Festival, and the Scottsdale Comedy Festival.
As well as being a great comedy teacher Kurtis co-authored the book Comediology and tours the country working corporate gigs, conventions and rehabs. He can also be seen nationwide in 2018 as talent in the Addicts Comedy Tour and reruns in the UK as the star of BBC1s “Find Me the Funny.”
Michael Meehan - Advanced Comedy Teacher
Specialties: Stand Up, Acting, Directing, Comedy Writing
Michael brings 35 years of stand up comedy experience to the SF Comedy College and enjoys the rewards and challenges of helping aspiring comedians hone their craft. Michael wrote and performed with his 2 brothers as the Meehan Brothers for 10 years, creating shows Meehan. Myself and I, and Momma’s Boys, as well as appearing on Last Comic Standing.
Michael has appeared on numerous television shows including, The Late Late Show, The Dennis Miller Show, Comedy Tonight , and A and E’s Comedy on the Road. He has written and directed a comedy Feature film, Hey Monster, Hands off my City, starring many many SF comedians , to enthusiastic reviews, as well as a one man show of the same name. .
Michael also taught flying trapeze at the SF Circus School for 10 years and is an accomplished painter and mask maker.
Oh and he forgot to mention he was frequently an opening act for Robin Williams!
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 standup technique to thousands of comedians. Greg is a multi-year veteran of nightclubs, street shows, and the corporate arena.
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!