What is improv4humans?
improv4humans is a fully improvised weekly podcast on the Earwolf network, featuring UCB's Matt Besser performing with the best improvisers in the universe.
Each week, Matt and his guests create scenes based on one word Twitter suggestions, YouTube videos, news stories, Earwolf forum arguments, Besser family memorabilia, and live musical performances from artists like Dan Deacon, Waxahatchee and Lydia Loveless.
improv4humans features regular appearances by Matt Walsh, Ian Roberts, Lauren Lapkus, Jon Gabrus, Andy Daly, Horatio Sanz, Seth Morris, Paul Rust, Danielle Schneider, Eugene Cordero, Mary Holland, Jessica St. Clair, Lennon Parham, Gil Ozeri, John Gemberling, and Brian Huskey among many others! Also featuring music by Bobby Matthews and Dragoon.
Who is Matt Besser?
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 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 recently worked on…
- The documentary “Thank You Del: The Story of the Del Close Marathon."
- The UCB Show," a comedy variety show shot at the UCB Theater in LA.
- “Besser Breaks the Record,” a standup special out now on Seeso.com!!! Available on iTunes and Amazon
- “Andy Richter’s Home for the Holidays."
Learn more about Matt Besser here.