The San Francisco Comedy High School was conceived as a place where teens can find their comedic voice in a safe and supportive environment. Partnered with the San Francisco Comedy College, SFCH inspires young comedians and provides them a path to perform stand-up comedy for audiences in the Bay Area and in cities across the USA.
Jennifer is the Founder / Creative Director of the San Francisco Comedy High School and a teacher and active performing member of the San Francisco Comedy College. She has 25 years of experience as a screenwriter / film editor and has worked on feature films such as Toy Story 2, Pixar's Oscar winning short, For the Birds, Steven Spielberg's, Minority Report, and the provocative documentary, 24 Hours on Craigslist. She has taught ARIA writing for the San Francisco Opera Company’s ARIA Program, and elementary Drama enrichment classes for the Piedmont Performing Art’s School. Recently, Jennifer was chosen to be a judge for the New York City Midnight Screenwriting Challenge, and is a contributing author for the London publication of Cinemamas.
Kurtis Mathews is a professional comedian and the owner and founder of the San Francisco Comedy College. In 1984, Kurtis began his comedy career at the Comedy Store in Hollywood. In 1987 he became a paid regular at the Improv on Melrose and then appeared and toured nationally with Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Ron White, Adam Sandler, Judd Apatow, George Lopez, Jeff Cesario, Jim Carrey, Rodney Dangerfield, Janeane Garofalo, Alonzo Bodden, and Mark Lundholm, among others.
Over the past twenty years, the SFCC has become the largest stand-up school in the country, training over 10,000 people to be funny with classes in stand up, improv, one-person shows, and comedy writing.
Kurtis is one of only two instructors in the United States, who offer the “process-based” comedy training that anyone can use to be funny. His seminars have been widely applauded by the National Speakers Association of Northern California, The Harvard Club of Silicon Valley and San Francisco, Laugh Lovers of Oakland, multiple Bay Area rotary clubs, The Great American Comedy Festival, and the Scottsdale Comedy Festival.
Kurtis co-authored the book Comediology and currently tours the country working corporate gigs, conventions and rehabs. He can also be seen nationwide in 2018 as talent in the Addicts Comedy Tour and reruns in the UK as the star of BBC1s Find Me the Funny.