Born and raised in Chicago, Tony Alcantar's bend for comedy was a perfect fit.
Tony studied comedy at Chicago's premiere improvisation school, The Player's Workshop of the Second City which launched the careers of Bill Murray, Dan Castellaneta and dozens of SNL and Second City comics. Tony then went on to study at The Second City Training Center where he shared the stage with Steve Carell and others.
Tony's comedic skills have been evident as he has been cast in such roles in film, TV and animation with great success. In addition, he is writing a number of screenplays, web-series to that end. If you're looking to learn funny, Tony is your man.
When people find out that I teach comedy, they'll often say, "Comedy can't be taught, either you have it or you don't". While it seems that way, I have been teaching comedy since 1989 and I can tell you first-hand that some of the most "un-funny" people I've met have learned the skills and have become so comfortable and funny that you wouldn't believe it. Job #1 is convincing the mind that you ARE naturally funny...you just need to indulge yourself without hesitation...then the rest falls into place!
Like many Chicagoans, Tony performed with a variety of comedy troupes but success came calling as he was cast in the Second City Touring Company in Toronto for 1991 and 1992. There he was "A standout for his physical humor", according to the Edmonton Journal.
Tony eventually taught and directed at his alma mater, The Player's Workshop, directing a number of hit comedy revues. He also taught in comedy in Meaford, Ontario at The Drama Workshop for 6 summers and at a number of schools in Vancouver since arriving in 1998.