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Matt Besser (born September 22, 1967) is an American comedian and actor. He is perhaps best known for his work on the Comedy Central sketch comedy show, Upright Citizens Brigade. Later on he would create and star in Crossballs, also on Comedy Central, for one season in the summer of 2004. Besser was born in Little Rock, Arkansas. The Upright Citizens Brigade, which started out as a Chicago sketch and improv comedy group in 1991, earned a cult following from the start. Original members included Ali Farahnakian, Adam McKay and Horatio Sanz. In 1997, the Upright Citizens Brigade relocated to New York City. Here, they produced three seasons of Upright Citizens Brigade on Comedy Central from 1998 to 2000. The cast consisted of Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Walsh. It originally included a voice-over by Del Close.
Since then Besser, along with the rest of the UCB crew, moved on to other projects. He was the creator of the MTV hidden camera show Stung, and created and starred in his second Comedy Central show, Crossballs which mocked news debate shows by pitting fake experts against real people. He has also appeared in films such as Martin & Orloff (written by UCB cohorts Roberts and Walsh) and Junebug, in addition to a number of sitcoms. In 2005 the UCB improvised a movie together, Wild Girls Gone, and performed their signature brand of longform improv (ASSSSCAT) in a special on Bravo. They also released a DVD in 2008 entitled ASSSSCAT!: Renegade Improv Comedy through Shout! Factory, which features an uncensored improv performance by the troupe along with bonus features.
Besser is currently set to play the part of "Courtney Frenchip", the hippie roommate of David Cross in David`s Situation, a new show written for HBO by Cross and his Mr. Show teammate Bob Odenkirk. As Odenkirk explains on his web site, “It will follow a traditional sitcom feeling, but will also feel like a big sketch, even though the characters will remain the same each week.” The pilot episode filmed live on May 9th. The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatres are located in Chelsea, Manhattan and Los Angeles, California. Besser performs several times a week at the Los Angeles theater.
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Matthew Gregory "Matt" Besser (born September 22, 1967) is an American actor and comedian best known as one of the four founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade sketch comedy troupe, who had their own show on Comedy Central from 1998-2000.
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