Matt Braunger

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Matt Braunger
Birth name Matthew Braunger
Born (1974-08-01) August 1, 1974 (age 39)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Years active 2007 - Present
Website Official site

Matthew "Matt" Braunger (born August 1, 1974) is an American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian. Outside of performing stand-up, Braunger is noted for being a cast member on MADtv during its final season in 2008-2009 and most recently as a recurring guest star on NBC's Up All Night as "Gene Martin".

Early years[edit]

Braunger was born August 1, 1974 in Chicago, Illinois. However, his family moved to Portland, Oregon when he was young. After graduating from Portland's Grant High School,[1] Braunger studied theater at Manhattanville College, in Purchase, New York. After earning his bachelor's degree, he moved to Chicago to develop his career in comedy.[2]

Career[edit]

Comedian[edit]

Braunger has been featured at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal 2007, The Las Vegas Comedy Festival 2007, South By Southwest, and won “Best Of The Fest” at the inaugural Rooftop Comedy Festival in Aspen.[3] He co-founded the popular Bridgetown Comedy Festival that takes place annually in Portland. His debut stand-up comedy album 'Soak up The Night' was released digitally on July 14, 2009 on Comedy Central Records. In 2009, he was named to Variety’s Top 10 Comics to Watch and Comedy Central’s Hot 9 in ’09 list. 'Soak up the Night' was named to the iTunes REWIND Top 20 Albums of 2009. In 2010, he recorded his half hour Comedy Central Presents special, and in 2012 his hour-long special, Shovel Fighter, aired on Comedy Central to mixed reviews.[4]

Matt’s television credits include a recurring role on NBC’s Up All Night, a series regular role on MADtv, and various roles on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, the Late Show with David Letterman, United States of Tara, Pushing Daisies, Carpoolers, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Acceptable TV, and Live At Gotham. He is also a regular guest on the Chelsea Lately roundtable.

Braunger has performed his stand-up act on television programs such as the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show and Live at Gotham on Comedy Central. He will also have a Comedy Central Presents special slated to air on April 9, 2010. In recent months he has also become a frequent panel guest on Chelsea Lately.

MADtv[edit]

Braunger joined the cast of MADtv in 2008 as a feature performer, during the show's final season (14th season; 2008-2009). Despite the short tenure (often not appearing in episodes), Braunger had a recurring character (Careco, one of Coach Hines' troublemaking students) and a sizeable amount of celebrity impressions, his most popular including Charlie Sheen, Jimmy Kimmel, William Shatner, William Frawley (as Fred Mertz in an I Love Lucy parody), and J.D. Power of J.D. Power and Associates.

Characters and Impersonations[edit]

Celebrity Sketch Season of First Appearance Notes
Careco Coach Hines 14 Another student in Coach Hines' class
Tom Bergeron Various 14 Game show host
William Frawley Various 14 As his character Fred Mertz from "I Love Lucy".
Andy Griffith Various 14 As his character Andy Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show.
Nick Jonas Various 14 Musician; member of the Jonas Brothers
Jimmy Kimmel Various 14 Comedian and late night talk show host.
John Mayer Various 14 Musician.
Al Michaels Various 14 Television sportscaster
J.D. Power Various 14 Founder of the J.D. Power and Associates Marketing firm.
William Shatner Various 14 Actor
Charlie Sheen Various 14 Actor

Other projects[edit]

Braunger and comedian Matt Dwyer hosted a weekly comedy podcast called "MATTs Radio" on mattsradio.com, they taped their final episode on September 30, 2010.

In 2012, Braunger starred in a pilot he created for Comedy Central titled "Braunger", which he co-wrote with The Office writer Brent Forrester. The series was not picked up to series.

Filmography[edit]

Movie appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Box Office Performance Director Other notes
2006 Asian Stories Deli Customer N/A Ron Oda
Kris Chin
Comedy (short film)
2007 Lose Weight with Cancer Fat Jackson N/A Elysia Skye Comedy (short film)
2008 Who the F#ck Is Chip Seinfeld? Himself N/A Mike Newman Comedy (short film)

Television appearances[edit]

Year Title Role Total Episodes Other notes
2007 Carpoolers Patient 1
2007 iCarly Gary 1
2007 Pushing Daisies Rick 1
2008 - 2009 MADtv Various Characters 12
2008 Late Show with David Letterman Himself 1
2010 John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show Himself 2
2010 United States of Tara Jarrett 2
2010 Nick Swardson's Pretend Time Various 1
2011 Mashup Himself 1 Standup and sketch comedy
2011 - 2012 Up All Night Gene Martin 19
2013 Happy Endings Kevin 1
2013 @midnight Himself 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hallett, Alison. "Happening This Weekend: EVERYTHING". Portland Mercury (13 October 2011). Retrieved 4 November 2011. 
  2. ^ see http://www.planetmadtv.com/forum/showthread.php?t=9597
  3. ^ see http://www.madtv.com/
  4. ^ Tedder, Michael. "Matt Braunger Shovel Fighter special review". The Spit Take. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 

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