Viral Sensation school teacher Joe Dombrowski gives lessons to the TikTok generation
There will always be teachers, kids and acting, says Joe Dombrowski. The evergreen nature and reliability of these three things is how the elementary school teacher found new life through stand-up comedy. His tour will stop in North Texas this week with a show at Addison Improv on October 14.
Dombrowski’s acting career began when he pulled an April Fool’s Day joke on his class in a video that has since gone viral.
The video is your typical, healthy clip that sort of ends up on your aunt’s Facebook feed where it’s then shared millions of times. It turns out that a teacher doing a spelling test on his students is exactly the kind of distraction we needed in an age of COVID-19, partisan politics and Jake Paul.
Dombrowski is a welcome addition to the Internet sensations coming out of the World Wide Web. As an educator, he uses his new platform as a stand-up comedian to talk about everyday life and the challenges teachers often face in a school system that doesn’t always work in their favor.
“I want to make non-teachers laugh,” says Dombrowski. “It’s the people who make the decisions about education, not the teachers. Which is totally backlogged.
Comedy is a vessel of truth, and if parents can understand the necessary reforms in education, then Dombrowski feels he is doing his job.
As a gay man, Dombrowski also breaks social stigma to show that men can be likable, funny, and down-to-earth educators. There is power in his friendly approach to teaching.
“There’s this huge problem where people who are under the rainbow umbrella feel like they’re not welcome in education,” says Dombrowski. “It is so hurtful to me because there are people in this world who are made to work with children, no matter who you are.”
Not all teachers are Mary Poppins. Most make mistakes, goof up, make jokes and find innovative ways to make children want to come to school. Dombrowski says teaching is difficult and a “psychotic profession”.
“If anyone is willing to dedicate their life to this kind of work, we have to embrace all the people who are willing to do it,” Dombrowski said. “Members of the LGBTQIA + community often do not have these opportunities and are ostracized to the point of leaving the profession. ”
It is a loss that cannot be afforded. According to a finding by the US Department of Labor from November 2020, 8.8% of education jobs were lost last year partly because of the ongoing pandemic.
Dombrowski performs at Addison Improv Comedy Club October 14. While he’s taking a break from teaching this year to focus on his stand-up tour and podcast (and to potentially avoid bringing COVID to the classroom), he remains focused on the humanizing side of what it means. to be a teacher.
The kids in her April Fool’s Day video believed they were celebrities and internet influencers, which they totally are. But it was Dombrowski’s approach to social media, humor, and candid conversation that grabbed the attention of 30 million viewers.