Amanda and Matthew met at the Peoples Improv Theater in NYC a couple years before joining forces. In 2014, with a few odd projects under their shared belt, they decided to start working together regularly and producing shows as Rotten Apple!
Rotten Apple is comedy for the stage and video about anything and everything, but with a decidedly New York bent. Only some of our sketch is about the city, but it’s all made here and this place changes a person. Whether that’s for better or worse, who knows?
Rotten Apple has been all around, with shows at the PIT, a run in the 2016 FRIGID Festival and as part of the 2016 Penn Station Area Sketch Festival. We’ve also been featured on WeMakeTheFunny.com!
Amanda was born in New York but raised in North Carolina. From “Y’all” and “You’s Guys” to Sweet Tea and Long Island Iced Tea she’s full of juxtapositions.
Outside of producing content for Rotten Apple Amanda has traveled as far as The Orlando Fringe Festival with her one woman show I’m Just Kidneying. She has been a performer at the SoloCom Festival in New York three consecutive years in a row. Amanda has performed and written for a variety of shows produced at The People’s Improv Theater including SKTCH SHW, Electoral Dysfunction, Ladies of the PIT, and David Carl’s Road to the Whitehouse: A Donald Trump Rally. Amanda has also directed for Emerging Artists New Works Series, taught with Naked Angels Theater company, and created web/app content for Marvel Entertainment, Dynamite! and Nattr.
She has studied at Upright Citizens Brigade, The People’s Improv Theater, Stella Adler Studio, LAByrinth Theater and holds a BA in Theater from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.
Matthew K Sears
Matthew grew up in Maine and graduated from Alfred University in rural New York. While earning a BA in math, he joined a campus comedy show named Pirate Theater, eventually becoming its head writer. In 2011, he moved to New York City on a whim to pursue comedy and find out what this culture and diversity was that he’d heard so much about.
He’s completed both the improv and sketch programs at the Peoples Improv Theater, where he has since produced several shows and was a member of house team Walter. On top of Rotten Apple, he is also member the Campaign, the roleplaying game-inspired improv show, and performs stand-up.