With a slow economy and many spouses out of work, there’s an enormous percentage of school teachers taking second jobs in recent years. That means the new Kevin James comedy, “Here Comes the Boom,” is quite relevant. And not just for national financial reasons, but also for issues with the American education system as well. In the movie, James plays a biology teacher and former collegiate wrestler who returns to the ring for extra money as a mixed martial arts fighter in order to save his school’s music program.
It wasn’t always like this. Searching through the history of cinema and television, we don’t come up with a lot of teachers who needed extra income. Some of those who could compare to James’s character include Principal Anderson (Josh Mostel) in “Billy Madison,” who was a wrestler before becoming an educator but not simultaneously.
When discovered, Anderson was very embarrassed, though nothing like the characters among the following ten who were spotted first-hand by students while struggling to make ends meet with part-time gigs outside the classroom.