Improv comedian with a renaissance approach to comedy. Mostly an expert in cutting-edge awkward style stand-up (The Estate Show, The Bricks), thoughtful and poignant sketch writing/performing (Millennial Fresh, Another Man's Channel, Station 85), 7+ years of improv comedy training and teaching credits (Another Man's Trash, The Third Thought, Marquis, Best Friends, and various guest spots), and musical accompaniment ranging from guitar to vocal looping.
Walker’s a powerful performer. He does all the things well, and isn’t annoying about it. He’s a pro and always brings new ideas. Every show I’ve seen him at, the crowd loves him: singing, improvising, stand-up and acting. It’s a tribute to his craft dedication. I’d cast and hire him again, definitely.
Response from Matt Walker:
Thanks for the kind words Natasha!
Price Range: Typically, $200 and up
Gig Length: 20 - 180 minutes
What to Expect
I am a very versatile performer. I can be an energetic, fast-talking person- but my regular self is calm, collected, and charming but all of this is encased in a ball of very strange humor; I am comfortable with awkwardness... thus I am very comfortable with hosting duties. I can read audiences very well and feel like I can build a solid rapport with most audiences. I try not to be very degrading and shy away from tons of expletives; I have worked with kids, so my ability to turn it on or off is present. I also am a very good reader, announcer, and interviewer as I can really demand attention if need be. But again, I can also blend in with a crowd (having done a lot of murder/mysteries, this can be invaluable).
I grew up in St. Petersburg, FL and went to college there as well. I began performing improv comedy at my alma mater with the school's group Another Man's Trash. This group taught me the basics of improv but the year I coached and directed the group is really when I became the improviser I am today.
After graduating college in 2013 I joined a group, The Third Thought (Tampa's longest running long-form improv team), and was with them until March of 2014. I went and lived in Hollywood, CA where I joined an independent group (Marquis) that performed mainly at iO West and Second City, which was coached by Cherry's, Michael Garcia. During that time I got an internship at the Nerdmelt Showroom at Meltdown Comics, doing theater work. This theater became my home for the next year.
You might vaguely know the name, but this is where Kumail Nanjiani and Jonay Ray hosted their weekly stand up show The Meltdown. I had seen John Mulaney, Doug Benson, Josh Fadem, Guy Branum, Brandon Wardell, Zach Galifinakis, Johnny Pemberton, Sam Jay and so many more very well-known comics perform in a very intimate setting. This also allowed me the opportunity to work at JashFesht in Palm Springs (which was amazing). Around then is when my podcast Beer Milkshake began.
During my time there I was on another improv group called Best Friends based out of the Pack Theater. We earned a weekly slot and performed around the usual suspects (iO, Second City, Impro Theater, The Clubhouse). We were coached by Red Door's Ryan Marsico. It was around this time I took my very first Upright Citizen's Brigade class with David Barton Harris.
Ever since returning in late 2016, I have rejoined The Third Thought, began hosting and producing The Estate Show, regularly taught improv concepts on Tuesdays at Jungle Bill's Tiki Grill, performed stand up at open mics in Chicago, Charleston, and Tampa, have written and performed sketch comedy with Millennial Fresh based out of Sarasota, performed at various festivals with The Third Thought, as well as Millennial Fresh, and have taught corporate improv workshops with Will Luera at FST.
My current projects (I keep busy) are a podcast called Little Bits, and an EP of original music as a followup to my first album Half Awake.
Additional Booking Notes
I have a Fender Mustang modeling amp, which has been used for vocals (Shure Dynamic mic) before (not ideal). With that I can do audio loops when combined with my Loopman and even further with computer aux hookups. I have an acoustic/electric and an electric guitar as well as a banjo. I can play all of these. I also have access to a Spotify account for quick and easy DJ-ing. I also have a Nikon D40 that I have grown rather accustomed to as I take photos as well.
Past Booked Events
|November 07, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Third Thought presents: Drop-ins w/ Matt Walker|
|November 03, 2017 • 8:00pm - 9:20pm||The Third Thought presents: First Friday Improv|
|October 31, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Third Thought presents: Drop-Ins w/ Matt Walker|
|October 29, 2017 • 8:30pm - 11:00pm||Wordier Than Thou Frankenstein Improv|
|October 24, 2017 • 5:30pm - 8:30pm||Murder/Mystery St. Pete Beach|
|October 17, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Third Thought presents: Drop-Ins w/ Matt Walker|
|October 11, 2017 • 1:00pm - 9:00pm||Painting w/ a Twist Class|
|October 10, 2017 • 7:00pm - 9:00pm||Third Thought presents: Drop-Ins w/ Matt Walker|
|October 06, 2017 • 8:00pm - 9:15pm||The Third Thought presents: First Friday Improv|
Influences & Inspiration
Josh Fadem, "Stella," Johnny Pemberton, DJ DougPound and tha 2 Wet Crew, Tim and Eric, 3033, Another Man's Trash, Zach Galifinakis, The Friday Forty, The Meltdown, Beer Shark Mice, ASSSCAT, Comedy Bang! Bang!
Some sort of audio player/ PA
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