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 Chicagoâ€™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 â€œSaigon Suicide Squadâ€ winner of Best Sketch at 1996 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Besserâ€™s stand up albums include: â€œMay I Help You Dumbass?â€ , and â€œWoo Pig Sooie!â€, and â€œThe 6 Most Important Sets in the History of Standupâ€
As an improviser he was a member of Chicagoâ€™s â€œThe Familyâ€ and is forever a member of â€œAsssscatâ€ the UCB Theatreâ€™s long-running flagship improv show. In 1996 the UCB moved to NYC and produced their sketch show â€œUpright Citizens Brigadeâ€ for three seasons (â€™98 -Â€Â“ 2000) on Comedy Central. In fall of 2005 the UCB premiered their improv show â€œAsssscat: Improvâ€ 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 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 â€œStung.â€ He was creator and star of â€œCrossballsâ€ which ran 23 episodes on Comedy Central; â€œThis Show Will Get You Highâ€ on Comedy Central; and also created and starred in â€œThe Very Funny Showâ€ for TBS.com.
Besser has guest starred is such sitcoms as Â€ÂœModern FamilyÂ€Â, â€œParks & Recreationâ€, â€œChildrenâ€™s Hospitalâ€; â€œThe Bernie Mac Showâ€, â€œFrasierâ€, â€œThe Millersâ€; â€œDrunk Historyâ€, â€œComedy Bang Bangâ€, and featured in the movies: â€œFreak Danceâ€, â€œYear Oneâ€, â€œWalk Hard: the Dewey Cox Storyâ€, â€œDrill Bit Taylorâ€; â€œThe TV Setâ€Â€Â, â€œBad Teacherâ€, â€œWild Girls Goneâ€, Sundance Film Festival favorite â€œJunebugâ€; and co-star of zombie western â€œWanted: Undead or Aliveâ€.
Along with Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, he is the author of â€œThe Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manualâ€. Matt Besser has most recently worked on improv4humans, a weekly improvised comedy podcast on Earwolf.
Besser Breaks the Record standup special coming soon!
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