Adam S. Kantor is a comedian, director and writer born September 3rd, 1995 in Eastern Massachusetts. He has been acting since he was just five years old and writing short stories and poetry since age seven. Adam’s style of comedy is a combination of strongly intellectual, detail-oriented, reference-based, and non-sequitur/absurd humor. Adam’s comedic background is strongly rooted in improv which he’s been studying and performing since age 12. He’s been in multiple troupes including Improv Soup Jr, Windsor Mountain Improv, and served as a director for Work in Progress Improv, and The Tonys Improv Comedy. He has been teaching improv at beginner and intermediate levels to youth and teens since 2013 through various camps and educational programs. In May of 2017, Adam wrote and performed in his first hour-long stand-up comedy special “Great in Theory”. In 2014, Adam founded UMass’s award winning Late Night Comedy group known as Thursday Night Live, where he served as the group’s Director, Head Writer, and a performer for the group’s two and half year run. Audiences reached numbers of over 200 people and digital shorts have collectively gained thousands of views on YouTube. Thursday Night Live showcased a variety of different comedic styles including original improv games such as Scenes Against Humanity (inspired by Cards Against Humanity) and The-Yak-Trical (inspired by the social app Yik Yak), original SNL-style sketches and digital shorts, as well as Weekend Update and Late Night Monologue-style news segments and opening monologue segments. Adam served as the show’s host on two separate occasions, and as the head writer and a performer for another ten original productions.
Outstanding New Student Organization: Thursday Night Live
METG Technical Excellence in Original Music: Prelim and Semi-Final Level
University of Massachusetts Amherst