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Matt Walsh (born October 13, 1964)[1] is an American actor, comedian, director, and writer best known as a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade improvisational sketch comedy troupe and for playing Mike McLintock on the HBO series Veep, a role for which he has received two Primetime Emmy Award nominations. He also previously starred in short-lived comedy programs such as Dog Bites Man on Comedy Central and Players on Spike TV. He also starred in the 2014 disaster movie Into the Storm.

Matt Walsh
Matt Walsh 2014.jpg
Walsh in 2014
Born (1964-10-13) October 13, 1964 (age 53)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor, Comedian, Director, Writer
Years active 1996–present
Spouse(s) Morgan Walsh
Children 3

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Early lifeEdit

Walsh was born in Chicago.[1]

CareerEdit

After college, Walsh took 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. 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 four successful Upright Citizens Brigade comedy theaters located in New York at UCB Chelsea and The East Village UCB, and Los Angeles with UCB Franklin and UCB Sunset.

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 to 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 mockumentary series Dog Bites Man in the summer of 2006. Walsh has the distinction of having appeared in several Todd Phillips comedy films, 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.[2]

Walsh currently hosts the podcast Bear Down 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 McLintock in the HBO series Veep, for which he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series in 2016. During that year, Walsh portrayed J. R. R. Tolkien in The Dead Authors Podcast.

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. He is currently in post-production for his second directed film, A Better You, which he co-wrote with Brian Huskey, who stars in the film.

In the movie Into the Storm, Walsh stars as Pete Moore, who is the driver of the Tornado Intercept Vehicle nicknamed "Titus."

He is scheduled to appear in the MyCareer mode in the upcoming basketball simulation game, NBA 2K17.[3]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Tomorrow Night
Talent Ted
1999 Fatty Drives the Bus Man in Baseball Uniform
2000 Road Trip Crime Scene Photographer
2002 Martin & Orloff Dr. Eric Orloff
2003 Pushing Tom Co-Worker
Old School Walsh
The Test Joe Short film
Death of a Dynasty Frat Boy No. 1
Elf Eye Witness
Brainwarp Captain Maniac Video
Bad Santa Herb
2004 The Sensual Lover of Bindalele Budo Short film
Starsky & Hutch Eddie
Christmas with the Kranks Neighbor #2
2006 School for Scoundrels Walsh
2007 Wild Girls Gone Sheriff Terry Moran
Dante's Inferno Mussolini / Fox Reporter / Airport Security Pursuer (voice)
2008 Lower Learning Mr. Conroy
Be Kind Rewind Officer Julian
Drillbit Taylor Not for Pot Driver
Semi-Pro Father Pat
Step Brothers Drunk Corporate Guy
Role Models Davith of Glencracken
2009 Mystery Team Jim
I Love You, Man Impatient Golfer
The Hangover Dr. Valsh
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Captain Ortiz
May the Best Man Win Fred Anderton
2010 Cyrus Tim
Due Date TSA Agent
Queens of Country Cleveland Norvis
Cherry Prof. Van Auken
Breast Picture Jack
2011 Freak Dance Adolph Hitler, Jr.
2012 High Road Man Also director, co-writer
Ted Thomas
Free Samples Mr. Hightower
Queens of Country Cleveland Norvis
The Brass Teapot Antique Dealer
2013 Movie 43 Amanda's Dad Segment: "Middleschool Date"
Coffee Town Police officer
2014 Hits Dave
Into the Storm Pete
Sex Ed Washout
Jason Nash Is Married Randy Plymouth
A Better You Patrick Also writer and director
2015 Get Hard Bathroom Stall Man
Bad Night Ari
2016 Other People Steve
The Darkness Gary Carter
The Do-Over Shecky
Ghostbusters Rourke
Wild Oats Forbes
Keeping up with the Joneses Dan Craverston
Office Christmas Party Ezra
2017 Brigsby Bear Greg Pope
A Futile and Stupid Gesture Matty Simmons Post-production
Under the Eiffel Tower Stuart Filming
2018 Life of the Party Dan Post-production

TelevisionEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1996 Escape from It's a Wonderful Life Clarence / Various (voice)
1996–2000 Saturday Night Live Angry Dad / Construction Worker / Hidden Camera Victim 3 episodes
1996–2004 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Various
1997 Apartment 2F Iron Stomach 2 episodes
1998–2000 Upright Citizens Brigade Trotter/Various Characters 30 episodes
2000 Strangers with Candy Banker / Doctor Robots Episode: "Yes You Can't"
2001 Late Friday Old Man Episode: "#1.6"
2001–2002 The Daily Show Correspondent
2004 Cheap Seats without Ron Parker Gordon Sumner Episode: "#Stanford-Cal: The 1982 Big Game"
Arrested Development The D.A. Episode: "Let 'Em Eat Cake"
O'Grady Kevin's Dad (voice) Episode: "The Fly"
2004–2009 Reno 911! Ranger Glen / Ian Meltzer 5 episodes
2006 Dog Bites Man Kevin Beeken 9 episodes
2007–2008 Human Giant Various characters 9 episodes
2008 Worst Week Peacemon Episode: "The Monitor"
The Sarah Silverman Program Tennis Player Episode: "Patriot Tact"
Little Britain USA Senator's Press Rep / Businessman at Urinal 3 episodes
2009 The League Mr. Freidman Episode: "The Draft"
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Ray (voice) Episode: "Fry Legs"
2010 Players Bruce Fitzgerald 10 episodes
Party Down Larry Duckett Episode: "Cole Landry's Draft Day Party"
Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Police Chief Episode: "Relapse Into Refreshment"
Community Joshua the Groundskeeper Episode: "Aerodynamics of Gender"
Funny or Die Presents Producer Episode: "#1.5"
Hung Matt Saline 6 episodes
Childrens Hospital Cameraman / Dr. Trotter 2 episodes
2010–2011 Outsourced Jerry Stern 8 episodes
2011 Jon Benjamin Has a Van Dr. Nathan Kumerly / Rob Shutterman 2 episodes
2011–2013 NTSF:SD:SUV President Grant / NASA Agent
2012 Animal Practice Alan Waxman Episode: "Pilot"
Happy Endings Duckie Blenkinship Episode: "KickBall 2: The Kickening"
MyMusic Mr. Indie Episode: "Back in Black!"
2012–present Veep Mike McLintock 48 episodes
2013 Parks and Recreation Leonard Tchulm Episode: "Emergency Response"
The Aquabats! Super Show! Santa Claus Episode: "Christmas with the Aquabats!"
2013–2014 Drunk History Joseph Pulitzer / KKK Member 2 episodes
2013–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! L. Jefe Maninchargo 11 episodes
2014 How I Met Your Mother Captain Dearduff Episode: "Sunrise"
Bob's Burgers Rick (voice) Episode: "The Kids Rob a Train"
2014–2016 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Detective Lohank 3 episodes
2015 Rick and Morty Sleepy Gary (voice) Episode: "Total Rickall"
Playing House Phil Episode: "Employee of the Month"
Hot in Cleveland Arnie Episode: "Bad Girlfriends"
2016 Animals. Grey Horse (voice) Episode: "Rats"
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Jason Clark Episode: "Doping"
2017 Teachers Harvey Episode: "Getting Drilled"
Black-ish President Schock Episode: "Liberal Arts"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Matt Walsh Biography". TVGuide.com. Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ Spike TV greenlights 'Players'
  3. ^ Sarkar, Samit (2016-08-26). "NBA 2K17 demo lets you start the career mode early, for free". Polygon. Retrieved 2016-12-05. 

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