MATT BESSER bio
Raised a proud Razorback in Little Rock, Arkansas, Matt Besser attended Amherst College where he learned how to collect CDs. After graduating, Matt toured the Midwest doing stand-up, while taking improvisation direction from Del Close at Chicago’s Improv Olympic Theater. In Chicago in 1991, he was a founding member of the sketch group Upright Citizens Brigade, and with them he has performed and written such stage shows as “Saigon Suicide Squad” winner of Best Sketch at 1996 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Besser’s stand up albums include: “May I Help You Dumbass?” , and “Woo Pig Sooie!”, and “The 6 Most Important Sets in the History of Standup”, and “Besser Breaks the Record” which was also filmed as a special for Seeso. As an improviser he was a member of Chicago’s “The Family” and is forever a member of “Asssscat” the UCB Theater’s long-running flagship improv show.
In 1996 the UCB moved to NYC and produced their sketch show “Upright Citizens Brigade” for three seasons (’98 – 2000) on Comedy Central. In fall of 2005 the UCB premiered their improv show “Asssscat: Improv” on Bravo. In 2008, another Assscat special was filmed at the UCB Theater in LA and premiered on Comedy Central.
With the success of their tv shows, the UCB opened their own comedy theater and improv school which operates two theaters in NYC, and two in LA.
Stolen Idea: a Punk Rock Musical – a limited series podcast release on Stitcher Premium about comedians and musicians who steal ideas.
My Dead Wife, the Robot Car – a limited series podcast release on Stitcher Premium about a robot car tester whose dead wife becomes the operating system for his car.
Continuously In Production
Besser vs. Audience on Earwolf’s Howl.FM – Matt Besser works the crowd asking them questions and survey with topics both big and small, with the goal of both making them laugh and challenging their beliefs.
Professor Besser – monthly Patreon podcast breaking down comedy theory.
Produced & Available
The UCB Show – seasons 1 & 2 of a comedy variety show featuring the best acts of the year from the UCB Theaters now available on Starz network.
Andy Richter’s Home for the Holidays – Andy hosts a variety show at his home with his family and celebrity guests where they teach you the correct ways to celebrate Christmas. Featuring Matt Besser as Bjork. Also available on Starz.
Thank You Del: the Story of the Del Close Marathon on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Video, Vudu, Microsoft Movies.
The final four members of UCB who made the tv show on Comedy Central are Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh. Other people who were early members of the UCB include: Armando Diaz, Neil Flynn, Rich Fulcher, Adam McKay, and Horatio Sanz.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHEN WILL YOU RELEASE SEASON 3 OF THE UCB DVD?
Comedy Central has informed us that UCB season 3 has been released!!!
BOOKING? WHERE CAN I SEE YOU PERFORM?
If you want to book me in your town…
IS ASSSSCAT GOING TO BE ON TV AGAIN?
WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN COMEDY?
RULES vs. NO RULES: WHEN LEARNING IMPROV
CROSSBALLS: ARE THE “REAL” GUESTS IN ON THE JOKE?
HOW DO I CONTACT YOU?
I try to answer all questions on my blog on this site.
WHEN YOU PLAY YOUR CHARACTER LITTLE DONNY WHAT IS THE BIG PENIS MADE FROM?
WHAT IS YOUR HIP HOP NAME?
WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?