At Osceola Middle School, Mike Rivera is known as a funny teacher, but he’s much more than that.
Officially, he’s “America’s Most Hilarious Teacher,” and with the release of his new book, he’s also an author.
Rivera, a touring stand-up comedian and American History teacher in Pinellas County, has made three national television appearances on ABC’s hit talk show, “The View.” In 2014, he won their national contest and was crowned “America’s Most Hilarious Teacher.”
His successes on stage, television and the classroom inspired him to write his first book, From Stand-Up Comedian to Stand-Up Teacher, which was released earlier this year by Richter Publishing. The book is available at Amazon.com as well as digital formats.
In addition to providing funny insight into his own journey, Rivera also offers up a series of practical lessons to help teachers connect in their classrooms the way a comedian captivates their audience.
“People say that being a stand-up comedian is hard work, and it is,” Rivera said. “But being a teacher is even harder. You face the same audience five days a week, and you have to keep them entertained and attentive while teaching them new things. That’s where a comedian’s skill definitely comes in handy.”
Instead of turning teachers into joke-tellers, From Stand-up Teacher to Stand-up Comedian reveals the subtle tips and tricks comedians use to keep their audiences engaged, even under difficult conditions. For education professionals, those skills can result in a stronger teaching environment and more effective communication on both sides of the desk.
In addition to his day job teaching American History, Rivera is currently touring Florida’s comedy clubs and theaters in support of his book. His next performance will be at The Palms in Tampa on June 4th and is open to the public. To schedule an interview or to review From Stand-up Teacher to Stand-Up Comedian, contact Mike Rivera at (727) 204-0978 or firstname.lastname@example.org.