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.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…
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 Productionimprov4humans 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.
Professor Besser – monthly Patreon podcast breaking down comedy theory.