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'The View' names Pinellas teacher America's most hilarious

Osceola Middle School civics teacher Mike Rivera of Largo does his vampire act to teach his seventh-grade students about the Bill of Rights recently. He’ll appear on The View during co-host Joy Behar’s “Comedy Corner” feature this Friday.
Osceola Middle School civics teacher Mike Rivera of Largo does his vampire act to teach his seventh-grade students about the Bill of Rights recently. He’ll appear on The View during co-host Joy Behar’s “Comedy Corner” feature this Friday.
Published Mar. 5, 2013

He only got a quick few minutes at the end of Monday's episode of The View, waving to the crowd after an hourlong episode welcoming back host Barbara Walters after a six-week absence.

Still, Osceola Middle School teacher Mike Rivera earned the opportunity of a lifetime, as the show pronounced him the most hilarious teacher in America, first among five who performed stand-up sets last week on the show. He'll appear on the show again, performing another set during co-host Joy Behar's "Comedy Corner" feature this Friday.

He even had a wisecrack ready when asked if he would be nervous: "I teach seventh-grade middle school, so … pretty much nothing makes me nervous nowadays."

Rivera, 51, of Largo, a civics teacher who intersperses humor in his lessons, traveled to New York last week to appear on the show as a finalist.

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