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Matt Walsh

Chicago-born Matt Walsh is a founding member of the national improv-sketch comedy theatre Upright Citizens Brigade, which has schools and venues in both New York and Los Angeles. UCB is the largest unaccredited university in the nation teaching improv performance and sketch writing technique. A graduate of Chicago’s ImprovOlympic, Walsh was instructed by the legendary comedy sage Del Close, whose distinguished pupils included John Belushi, Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Mike Myers. Walsh co-founded the Upright Citizens Brigade improv troupe with Amy Poehler, Matt Besser and Ian Roberts in Chicago in 1991. During the group’s performances in New York, Comedy Central had their pulse on the foursome and aired their sketch-improv show The Upright Citizens Brigade for three seasons from 1998-2000. This year, Walsh and his peers co-authored The Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual which received a rave review from The New York Times. Walsh currently stars in HBO’s award-winning comedy series Veep as Mike McLintock, the sharp-witted, deadpan Director of Communications to the first female U.S. Vice President, Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). This year, Walsh shared a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination with his fellowVeep cast members in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. In the wake of his success with The Upright Citizens Brigade, Walsh has become a highly coveted actor in blockbuster films, working with the most renowned directors in the comedy genre. This August, Walsh is starring in the new Steve Quale (Final Destination 5) tornado action film Into the Storm from Warner Bros./ New Line. Also, he can be seen in the Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard as well as the Blumhouse thriller 6 Miranda Drive opposite Kevin Bacon. Walsh is also finishing his second comedy directorial feature A Better You about an egocentric LA-based hypnotherapist who can cure everyone but himself. A Better You stars Horatio Sanz, Joe Lo Truglio, Rob Huebel, Erinn Hayes, Brian Huskey, Reid Scott among many others. At the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Walsh received critical praise for his role as a paranoid New York State municipal worker in David Cross’ directorial debut Hits. Walsh also appeared in Seth MacFarlane’s half-billion grossing comedy Ted, as Thomas the car rental sales boss of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg). In addition Walsh has appeared in six of Todd Phillips’ hit films including The Hangover, Old School and Due Date. He has also made memorable turns in such widely-appealing comedies as Step Brothers, Elf, Cyrus and Role Models. Walsh has also written and starred in a number of independent feature comedies including Martin & Orloff and Wild Girls Gone; titles which have headlined a number of his fellow UCB alums. In 2011, Walsh made his feature directorial debut with the ensemble improvised comedy, High Road. The film was acquired and released by Millennium Entertainment and earned Walsh the Outstanding Achievement in Directing award at the Newport Beach Film Festival. High Road follows a pot dealer’s soul-searching road trip after a deal goes south and features an all-star cast including Ed Helms, Abby Elliott, Rob Riggle, Horatio Sanz and Joe Lo Truglio. Walsh created and starred in SpikeTV’s sports comedy Players about a happy go-lucky guy who owns a bar with his conservative brother (played by fellow UCB co-founder Ian Roberts). Other TV shows created and/or written by Walsh include Comedy Central’s Dog Bites Man, David Arquette and Courteney Cox’s TBS reality show Daisy Does America as well as the hit MTV sketch show Human Giant. Walsh has been a correspondent for The Daily Show, hosting such hysterical segments as “Boom Town” and “The Other Killer White Meat.” Other notable TV appearances include HBO’sHung as Matt Saline, boyfriend of Jessica (Anne Heche); Jerry Stern on NBC’s Outsourced as well as a number of guest-starring roles: Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Animal Practice, Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital and NTSF: SD:SUV; and Comedy Central’s Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time and Drunk History. In his spare time during football season, Walsh gets together with his fellow Chicago-buddies, screenwriter Scot Armstrong (The Hangover), actors Joe Nunez (Bridesmaids) and Horatio Sanz (SNL) to break down the scores and plays of their beloved hometown team, The Chicago Bears, with theirBear Down Podcast http://www.beardownpodcast.com/. Though Walsh has a busy career on and off screen, he continues to be active with the Upright Citizens Brigade, both as an instructor and performer at their Sunday improv show Assssscat. Matt Walsh currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife actress Morgan Walsh (Burning Love, Happy Endings), their two sons Jude and Emmet and daughter Celia.