This last summer, about three years after comedian entertainer Kevin Bartini propelled a loaded filled battle to rename a New York City road after the late George Carlin, the city gathering passed a bill to do simply that. Chairman Bill de Blasio marked the request that would permit the 400 block of West 121st Street to be renamed “George Carlin Way.” On Oct. 22 at 1 pm at the corner of West 121st Street and Amsterdam Ave, family, companions and the parody group will meet up for a day-long festival.
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?”