Matt Walsh (comedian)

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Matt Walsh
Mattwalshcomedy.jpg
Walsh backstage at the UCB Theater
BornMatthew Paul Walsh
(1964-10-13) October 13, 1964 (age 49)
Chicago, U.S.
OccupationActor, Comedian, Director, Writer
Years active1996–present
 
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Matt Walsh
Mattwalshcomedy.jpg
Walsh backstage at the UCB Theater
BornMatthew Paul Walsh
(1964-10-13) October 13, 1964 (age 49)
Chicago, U.S.
OccupationActor, Comedian, Director, Writer
Years active1996–present

Matthew Paul "Matt" Walsh (born October 13, 1964) is an American actor, comedian, director and writer best known as a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade improvisational sketch comedy troupe. He has also starred in comedy programs such as Dog Bites Man on Comedy Central, Players on Spike TV, and currently in Veep on HBO.

Early life[edit]

Walsh was born in Chicago, the fourth of seven children of Dick and Audrey Walsh. He graduated from Hinsdale South High School in 1982. While in high school he played on the football team as a backup tight end. He attended Northern Illinois University, where he graduated with a degree in Psychology, also spending a year studying abroad in Austria at Salzburg College. After college, his interest shifted to performing when he started taking improvisational comedy classes in Chicago, where he would become a regular performer at the Annoyance Theater and ImprovOlympic, where he studied under legendary improv teacher Del Close. In 1991, he met comedian Matt Besser, with whom he began performing stand-up comedy. He would eventually join Besser in forming the Upright Citizens Brigade sketch comedy troupe, along with Amy Poehler and Ian Roberts.

Career[edit]

Along with Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, and Ian Roberts, he is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade improv comedy troupe and played "Trotter" in the troupe's sketch comedy series, which ran for three seasons on Comedy Central. Before the show, the UCB comedy foursome had already been doing improv shows at their theatre in New York, which used to be a burlesque house before they remodeled it to become a theatre. To date, they have founded two successful Upright Citizens Brigade comedy theaters located in New York and Los Angeles.

Besides his sketch work with the Upright Citizens Brigade, Walsh is also known for his memorable supporting roles in popular comedy films in recent years including Cyrus, Old School, The Hangover, Role Models, and Semi-Pro. Walsh also wrote and starred in the cult indie-comedy Martin & Orloff, which had a limited theatrical run in 2002 and 2003. In addition, he was also a correspondent on The Daily Show from 2001–2002, made regular appearances in comedy sketches on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and MTV's Human Giant as well as starring in the Comedy Central mockumentry series Dog Bites Man in the summer of 2006. Except for The Hangover: Part II, Walsh has the distinction of appearing in every other Todd Phillips comedy film to date, most often playing characters aptly named "Walsh".

In 2010, Walsh created the improvised comedy series Players for Spike TV. Walsh (creator, writer, director and executive producer of the show) stars in the series alongside his Upright Citizens Brigade partner Ian Roberts, as two brothers who run a sports bar together. The show aired for one season, concluding on August 14, 2010.[1]

Walsh currently hosts the podcast "Bear Down" (beardownpodcast.com) with comedian Scot Armstrong (screenwriter of Old School) where they discuss their favorite football team The Chicago Bears and do sports-themed comedy bits such as fake call-ins and in-character interviews. The podcast has also featured appearances by comedians such as Horatio Sanz, Ian Roberts, Joseph Nunez, and Matt Price.

In 2010, Walsh had recurring roles on the NBC comedy series Outsourced and on the HBO comedy series Hung. In 2012, he began co-starring as Mike McClintock in the HBO series Veep.

Walsh's directed his first feature film High Road, an indie-comedy he co-wrote with Josh Weiner. The film was released on March 6, 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Walsh lives in Valley Village, California, with his wife Morgan and dog Roger. They have three children, Jude, Emmet, and Celia.

Filmography[edit]

YearFilmRoleNotes
1998TalentTed
1999Fatty Drives the BusMan in Baseball Uniform
2000Road TripCrime Scene Photographer
2002Martin & OrloffDr. Eric Orloff
2003Pushing TomCo-Worker
Old SchoolWalsh
The TestJoeShort film
Death of a DynastyFrat Boy No. 1
ElfEye Witness
BrainwarpCaptain ManiacVideo
Bad SantaHerb
2004The Sensual Lover of BindaleleBudoShort film
Starsky & HutchEddie
Christmas with the KranksNeighbor #2
2006School for ScoundrelsWalsh
2007Wild Girls GoneSheriff Terry Moran
Dante's InfernoFox ReporterVoice only
2008Lower LearningMr. Conroy
Be Kind RewindOfficer Julian
Drillbit TaylorNot for Pot Driver
Semi-ProFather Pat
Step BrothersDrunk Corporate Guy
Role ModelsDavith of Glencracken
2009Mystery TeamJim
I Love You, ManImpatient Golfer
The HangoverDr. Valsh
2010CyrusTim
Due DateTSA Agent
Queens of CountryCleveland Norvis
Cherry
2011Freak DanceAdolph Hitler, Jr.
2012High RoadManDirector, co-writer
TedThomas
2013Movie 43Amanda's DadSegment "Middleschool Date"
2014Into the StormPost-production

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