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 Chicagoâs 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 âSaigon Suicide Squadâ winner of Best Sketch at 1996 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. Besserâs stand up albums include: âMay I Help You Dumbass?â , and âWoo Pig Sooie!â, and âThe 6 Most Important Sets in the History of Standupâ
As an improviser he was a member of Chicagoâs âThe Familyâ and is forever a member of âAsssscatâ the UCB Theatreâs long-running flagship improv show. In 1996 the UCB moved to NYC and produced their sketch show âUpright Citizens Brigadeâ for three seasons (â98 -ÂÂ 2000) on Comedy Central. In fall of 2005 the UCB premiered their improv show âAsssscat: 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 âStung.â He was creator and star of âCrossballsâ which ran 23 episodes on Comedy Central; âThis Show Will Get You Highâ on Comedy Central; and also created and starred in âThe Very Funny Showâ for TBS.com.
Besser has guest starred is such sitcoms as ÂÂModern FamilyÂÂ, âParks & Recreationâ, âChildrenâs Hospitalâ; âThe Bernie Mac Showâ, âFrasierâ, âThe Millersâ; âDrunk Historyâ, âComedy Bang Bangâ, and featured in the movies: âFreak Danceâ, âYear Oneâ, âWalk Hard: the Dewey Cox Storyâ, âDrill Bit Taylorâ; âThe TV SetâÂÂ, âBad Teacherâ, âWild Girls Goneâ, Sundance Film Festival favorite âJunebugâ; and co-star of zombie western âWanted: Undead or Aliveâ.
Along with Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh, he is the author of âThe 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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