And the teacher of the year award goes to...
If you're trying to make it in the New York comedy scene, we don't need to tell you how hard it can be. The open mic scene is a drag, improv classes cost half your rent, and producing your own show takes a lot of work and patience. One of the go-to ways to get involved in the New York scene is to get a writing gig at a website like Reductress or Above Average; but both those jobs are flooded with thousands of applicants the one time a year they become available.
The fact of the matter is this: It always helps to know someone on the inside. That's where Matt Kramer comes in. Matt teaches Improv at various theaters around New York, and he's doing something great, something that goes beyond what your average teacher might do.
Matt is recommending his female students for internships at Above Average in exchange for them giving him head.
Matt is the kind of teacher we wish we had when we were coming up. He's loose, he riffs with his students, he doesn't make you buy the training manual, and if you blow him in practice room 912 after class ends he'll text Cullen Crawford or someone about "this girl in his 101 that's pretty funny." Next stop, Colbert!
Making it in comedy is stressful and takes a lot of work, no matter who you are. Unfortunately, all of that stress is heightened for women in the community. Women in comedy are unfairly ridiculed, neglected, and harassed just for being themselves. That's why a feminist comedy hero like Matt is so important. He understands the playing field needs to be leveled, which is why he'll put in a good with for you with his buddy over at Seth Meyers in exchange for you sucking him off 3-4 times minimum before the end of your 8 class sessions.
You have to grind. Write material, put on shows, write articles freelance, and do open mics. Eventually, if you're lucky, someone will take notice and give you your first break. Teachers like Matt are one in a million. They help give you that first little push you need to the next level provided you focus on the shaft but simultaneously work the balls, and don't forget you need to see TWO shows before the last class or you don't get the credit!