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.

In 1985-86 I worked with some great talent at the Second City workshops, among them, Marty Duffy, author Marcia Wilkie, Keith Cooper, former CEO of Twitter Dick Costolo (one of the FUNNIEST people I know) and Steve Carell...so much FUN!!!

In 1985-86 I worked with some great talent at the Second City workshops, among them, Marty Duffy, author Marcia Wilkie, Keith Cooper, former CEO of Twitter Dick Costolo (one of the FUNNIEST people I know) and Steve Carell...so much FUN!!!

With fellow Chicagoan, Player's Workshop alum, Second City guy and (wait for it) Homer Simpson, Dan Castellaneta!  From the TV movie Behind The Camera: The Charlie's Angels Story.  I hadn't seen Dan in years but we had a fun time on set talking about the old days in Chicago.

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.

Here in the Hallmark Chanel feature, Once Upon A Holiday...while the story is light-hearted and fun, I played a not-so-light-hearted guy!

Here in the Hallmark Chanel feature, Once Upon A Holiday...while the story is light-hearted and fun, I played a not-so-light-hearted guy!

NOTES:

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 your 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!

The late-night, wacked-out Root of Chaos was a hit at the Angel Island Theater in Chicago!

The late-night, wacked-out Root of Chaos was a hit at the Angel Island Theater in Chicago!

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.

A fun role in the New Year's episode of When Calls The Heart, with Loretta Walsh.

A fun role in the New Year's episode of When Calls The Heart, with Loretta Walsh.

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.

SECOND CITY: I had worked with the London Second City the year before and was cast in Toronto to tour with The Second City in 1992 and 1993.  Both companies were great and I loved playing to packed houses EVERYWHERE!

SECOND CITY: I had worked with the London Second City the year before and was cast in Toronto to tour with The Second City in 1992 and 1993.  Both companies were great and I loved playing to packed houses EVERYWHERE!

WINDY CITY WOMAN:  We put up amazing long-form improv shows at The Havana Theatre in Vancouver called LIQUID. They were the hardest shows I've ever done and the most rewarding...lots of love to The Windy City Women.

WINDY CITY WOMAN:  We put up amazing long-form improv shows at The Havana Theatre in Vancouver called LIQUID. They were the hardest shows I've ever done and the most rewarding...lots of love to The Windy City Women.

In 1988 I wrote a comedy revue, Double Exposure that co-starred Francesca Rollins, who I sought out after seeing her in Stags and Hens in Chicago.  She was a great find and a wonderful friend.

In 1988 I wrote a comedy revue, Double Exposure that co-starred Francesca Rollins, who I sought out after seeing her in Stags and Hens in Chicago.  She was a great find and a wonderful friend.