Comedy Coach /Trainer/Teacher
Performers: David Feldman (Stand-up comedian; Roseanne staff writer); The Mommies; Mitch Mullaney (Lead in Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher - Warner Brothers sitcom)
Writers: Michael Bass, M.D. (Writer for Bob Hope); Norm Goldblatt (Writer for Jay Leno); Michael Iapoce (Author A funny Thing Happened on The Way To The Podium); Malcolm Kushner (Author: The Light Touch; Successful Presentation Skills for Dummies); Karen Warner (Author: San Francisco Trivia Book, Bartender’s Joke Book; and What’s So funny About Being Catholic? Writer for Rodney Dangerfield)
Nightclubs: Boarding House Comedy Room, Cobb's Pub, Curtain Call, The Holy City Zoo, Mart Bar & Grill, Punchline, and Rose & Thistle Upstairs. Performers at his shows have included A. Whitney Brown, Dana Carvey, Margaret Cho, Kevin Meany, Mark Pitta, Paula Poundstone, Rick Reynolds, Jerry Seinfeld, Bobby Slayton, Carrie Snow, Robin Williams.
Radio: Producer and host for weekly interview show Looking for The Laughs in San Francisco (KALW public radio). Television: Producer for Marin 11, monthly half-hour showcase featuring three stand-up comics.
Workshops: Has produced hundreds of comedy writing and stand-up comedy workshops.
Auditions: Hosted San Francisco auditions For America's Funniest People, Fernwood Tonight, The New Laugh-In Show, Saturday Night Live, and for more than fifty other producer, agents, and production companies.
Articles and Columns:
Artbeat, City Arts, Galleria Times, Restauranteur, Richmond Review, Toastmasters Magazine.
Ad Copy & Collateral Material:
Print:Ad-lib Nightclub, North to Alaska (Board game); Cobb’s Pub, Comedy Day Celebration, Mart Bar & Grill, Richardson’s Furniture Store, San Francisco Chinese Orchestra.
Radio spots: Crown Carpets, KYA/KSFO, Norcal Yachts, Ron Good Toyota, Santa Clara Water District, Student Body Health Club.
Writer for many leading cartoon panels and strips including Bound and Gagged, Frank and Ernest, Grin & Bare It, Marmaduke, Time Out, Trim’s Arena, Trudy, Ziggy and Zoonies. Also, more than 1000 cartoons based on Cantu’s ideas have been drawn by freelance artists and published in leading publications including Barron’s, Cosmopolitan, New Woman, Playboy, Playgirl, Reader’s Digest, and The Wall Street Journal.
Writer, editor, publisher
Humor Helper (twice yearly with four-year expansion plan for monthly publication); Past newsletters have included Comedy Newsletter (twice yearly), Cantu’s Humor Helper (twice yearly), Cheap Laughs (monthly), Comedy/Update (25 times a year), Holy City Zoo Newsletter (monthly). Cantu is a former Associate Editor of Laugh Factory Magazine.
Cantu’s fillers have appeared in Catholic Digest, Changing Times, Reader’s, Digest, Playboy and Saturday Evening Post
Greeting Card Ideas
Curtis-Swan, Paper Moon Graphics, Pike Communications, Portal Publications.
For more than a decade Cantu supplied one-liners for many humor services including Cheap Laughs, Cheep Laughs, Comedy Today, Comedy/Update, Contemporary Comedy, Orben’s Comedy Fillers, and Orben’s Current Comedy.
Phyllis Diller, Will Durst, John "Dr Gonzo” Means," Kevin Meany, Gary Owens, Joan Rivers, Wil Shriner, Rip Taylor and other comedians.
Odds & Ends
All I need to Know About Life I learned From StarTrek poster for Portal Publications; Castlewalk (full length film feature), Murder at 45 RPM’s (Televison one-hour script); and a variety of odd-ball projects too complex, arcane, or weird to list (Some of them make interesting cocktail party stories, though).
Patricia Fripp CSP, CPAE, Malcolm Kushner (Humor Consultant), and Stu Silverstein, M.D.
Stage: Has had roles in more than twenty stage productions including the Juggler in Madwoman of Chaillot and Stephen in Major Barbara;
Film & Television: All American Boy with Jon Voight; Entertainment Tonight; Great American Laugh Off; Unsolved Mysteries (featured role); Starcades (Game show contestant)
Cantu’s been quoted in Business Week, San Francisco Examiner, and Writer’s Digest.
He’s been featured in Just for Laughs, Richmond Independent, San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco Chronicle (multiple articles) and The San Jose Mercury.
Michael Iapoce (Author of A funny Thing Happened on The Way To The Podium) dedicated the book to Cantu and Malcolm Kushner, (former student and author of Successful Presentation Skills for Dummies) used Cantu’s class notes for the book (with permission) and liberally quotes Cantu throughout the book.
Cantu was a founding producer of Comedy Day Celebration which now draws more than 30,000 people to Golden Gate Park annually.