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MATT BESSER

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”. 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.

With the success of their tv shows, the UCB opened their own comedy theater and improv school which operates two theaters in NYC, and starting this summer, two in LA.
After the UCB tv show , Matt teamed up with Method Man & Redman to create and perform in a hidden camera show on MTV called “Stung”. He was creator and star of “Crossballs” which ran 23 episodes on Comedy Central; “This Show Will Get You High” on Comedy Central; and also created and starred in “The Very Funny Show” for TBS.com. Besser has guest starred is such sitcoms as “Parks & Recreation”, “Modern Family”, “New Girl”, “Children’s Hospital”; “Bernie Mac Show”, “Frasier”, “The Millers”; “Drunk History”, “Comedy Bang Bang”, and featured in the movies: “Freak Dance”, “Year One”, “Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story”, “Drill Bit Taylor”; “The TV Set”, “Bad Teacher”, “Wild Girls Gone”, Sundance Film Festival favorite “Junebug”; and co-star of zombie western “Wanted: Undead or Alive”.
Along with Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, he is the author of “The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual”. He wrote & co-directed the film musical “Freak Dance”.
Matt Besser has most recently worked on…

Recently Released
The UCB Show on Seeso – season 2 of a comedy variety show featuring the best acts of the year from the UCB Theaters.

Continuously In Production
improv4humans with Matt Besser on Earwolf – comedy podcast with the best improvisers in the universe featuring such segments as Crap-On-Youtube, Case Closed, What The Hell Is Going On, and collaborations with music guests.

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.

Produced & Available
Besser Breaks the Record on Seeso – Matt Besser’s most recent standup special (2016) had him smashing comedy world records, while in confrontations with crossword puzzle enthusiasts and Soviet alternative comedians.

Andy Richter’s Home for the Holidays on Seeso– 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.

Thank You Del: the Story of the Del Close Marathon on iTunes, Google Play, Amazon Video, Vudu, Microsoft Movies.
– documentary about the godfather of long form improv produced by the UCB.

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    UCB

    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.
    All things UCB can be found at http://www.ucbtheatre.com/ or UCB Theater info at http://www.ucbtheatre.com/.

    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!!!
    You can get DVDs to our Comedy Central show on the UCBstore or Amazon.

    BOOKING? WHERE CAN I SEE YOU PERFORM?
    I live in LA and I perform there at the UCB Theater every weekend. We opened a new theater on Sunset where we will now be doing Asssscat on Sundays. Check out the schedule at ucbtheater.com

    If you want to book me in your town…
    call UCB TourCo
    PHONE: 212.366.9176
    EMAIL: adair@uprightcitizens.org
    WEB: www.ucbtheater.com/tourco/

    IS ASSSSCAT GOING TO BE ON TV AGAIN?
    Probably, hopefully, but meanwhile you can get it on DVD at the UCB store online. The director’s commentary track is great for improvisers because we breakdown all our moves.

    WHAT ADVICE CAN YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE STARTING OUT IN COMEDY?
    I answered this the best I could on an ASK THE UCB episode of improv4humans.

    RULES vs. NO RULES: WHEN LEARNING IMPROV
    Ian Roberts answers this best on another episode of ASK THE UCB

    CROSSBALLS: ARE THE “REAL” GUESTS IN ON THE JOKE?
    Only one guest understood the premise of the show while they were still on the show and by then the show was seconds from being over. A few guests knew that our characters were throwing out jokes but they thought that they were real people joking around not characters. The guests were not told that the name of the show was Crossballs until they got to the studio. It was explained that the name was derived from Crossfire and Hardball and that explanation always seemed to suffice. We never had a reveal moment in the show like they do on hidden camera shows because we are not a hidden camera show. These people were entering a debate and a debate is what they get, just not on the terms that they had imagined. Most of our guests have been great sports about it when they discovered all the levels. And a couple have gotten so upset that they have actually threatened me. So no the guests are not in on the joke. And maybe there is no joke.

    HOW DO I CONTACT YOU?
    adair@uprightcitizens.org

    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?
    The big penis is not a prop.

    WHAT IS YOUR HIP HOP NAME?
    Matty B aka DJ Flip Fingers aka Holy Magoly aka Professor Besser
    (aka Wu Tang name = Monstra Chronic)

    WHO ARE YOUR BIGGEST INFLUENCES?
    Jason Kidd , El Duce, and Bill the Cat

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