By Leo Goodman
Sitting outside over a cup of tea (not the usual), Ted talks about teaching, long-term collaborations, and letting the fans find you.
BCT: I know that when you started doing comedy you were a teacher during the day, teaching music.
BCT: Were you a teacher first, and then after too many days of wanting to say bad things to the kids you decided to try stand-up, or was stand-up the thing and teaching was just a means to an end?
TA: I was always performing. Through high school I was doing the plays, in college I was in plays, and I was a music major originally; jazz piano major. Then I switched to elementary education cause I was kind of in over my head with the jazz program. But I was still doing theatre the whole time, and then I got into sketch comedy with this guy, Hollis James, who turned out to be my best friend in college, and we started doing a two-man stand-up act. Right when we got out of college. My very first teaching job was as a gym teacher, when I was still in college. I took a semester off to study jazz piano with this teacher, and a friend of mine who was working at a school said “my school needs a gym teacher, do you want to do it?” And I was 20 years old, I didn’t have a degree, I wasn’t an education major at this point, but they just said “can you blow a whistle?”