Matt Bennett

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Matt Bennett
Matt Bennett by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Bennett at the 2013 WonderCon
Born Matt Hank Bennett
(1991-11-13) November 13, 1991 (age 26)
Massapequa Park, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer, ventriloquist, father of the birds
Years active 2009–present
Known for Victorious

Matthew Hank "Matt" Bennett (born November 13, 1991)[1][2] is an American actor, singer, and ventriloquist. He is best known for playing the role of Robbie Shapiro in the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious and for starring in the Will Ferrell-produced film The Virginity Hit.

Early life[edit]

Bennett grew up in Massapequa Park, New York. After appearing in numerous commercials, Bennett began his official acting career at the age of 18 as Jamie, in the 2009 TV movie "Totally for Teens". However his television career sprouted after he appeared as Greg the Intern in the pilot episode of the Comedy Central sketch comedy series Michael & Michael Have Issues.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

2010–13: The Virginity Hit, Victorious and music career[edit]

Bennett starred in The Virginity Hit, released in October 2010. Described as a "documentary style comedy," Bennett stated in an interview that the film's "directors gave us cameras in our spare time, and he said do pranks, talk amongst yourselves, do things and film that. So we did, and most of the movie is what we filmed. So I feel like 20% is scripted but the rest is all real."[3]

The Virginity Hit was produced by Funny or Die founders Will Ferrell and Adam McKay; in an interview with MTV News, Bennett stated that reception towards the film has been "very positive...I’m glad that people are getting that it's not just another teen sex romp. It’s a film with heart and a bit of a soul and deep-down it’s a cool love story."[4]

Bennett performing at the Avalon Hollywood

Bennett co-starred as Robbie Shapiro in the Nickelodeon sitcom Victorious. He was nominated for a 2011 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Award (UK) in the category of "Nick UK's Funniest Person".[5] The show ran from March 27, 2010 to February 2, 2013.[citation needed]

Bennett independently released his debut EP of songs that himself wrote, titled Warm Fuzzies, on May 20, 2012.[citation needed]

2013–present: Nerdist and continuing work[edit]

In March 2013 it was announced that Bennett would host a web series for the YouTube channel Nerdist. On the series, entitled "Nerdy Jobs," Bennett will go behind the scenes of many "Nerdy" jobs to show how interesting they are.[citation needed]

On June 23, 2014, Bennett was featured in the popular YouTube video "The Slap" as one of the participants. He was also asked to be the love interest for Ariana Grande's character in her One Last Time music video; she is his close friend and former co-worker from Victorious.[6][7]

In 2015, Bennett guest-starred on Game Shakers, in the episode "Tiny Pickles", and appeared in the films Me and Earl and the Dying Girl and The Stanford Prison Experiment. In 2016, he had a role on the show Fresh Off the Boat.[citation needed]

On February 2, 2016, Bennett made a Snapchat press conference announcement about his debut studio album Terminal Cases. Bennett claims "it's a concept album about my parents divorce where every song is inspired by different Robin Williams movies."[citation needed] It was released on June 10, 2016.[8]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Virginity Hit Matt
2010 Text Me Noah Short film
2011 Bridesmaids Helen's stepson Cameo
2015 Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Scott Mayhew
2015 The Stanford Prison Experiment Kyle Parker
2015 Manson Family Vacation Buddy Holly

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Totally for Teens Jamie Episode: "Pilot"
2009 Michael & Michael Have Issues Greg the Intern Episode: "Greg the Intern"
2010-2013 Victorious Robert "Robbie" Shapiro Main role; 57 episodes
2011 BrainSurge Himself Contestant
2011, 2012 iCarly Robbie Shapiro, Gibby
(alternate universe)
Crossover: "iParty with Victorious" (Season 4, Episodes 11–13)
Episode: "iApril Fools"
2012 Figure It Out Himself Guest star; 12 episodes
2013, 2014 Sam & Cat Robert "Robbie" Shapiro Episodes: "#MommaGoomer" (uncredited) and "#TheKillerTunaJump: #Freddie #Jade #Robbie"
2015 The Big Bang Theory Josh Wolowitz Episode: "The Fortification Implementation"
2015 Shameless Wiley Episode: "Carl's First Sentencing"
2015 Game Shakers Himself Episode: "Tiny Pickles"
2015 Everybody Wants to Be Poppy Rex Voice, lead role, 3 episodes
2016 Fresh Off the Boat Corey Episode: "Gotta Be Me"
2018 Grey's Anatomy Steve Episode: "Old Scars, Future Hearts"

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Terminal Cases

Extended plays[edit]

Title EP details
Warm Fuzzies
  • Released: May 20, 2012
  • Formats: Digital download
  • Label: Independent
Previously on Matt Bennett
  • Released: December 28, 2017
  • Formats: Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Album
"Fisher King" 2016 Terminal Cases

Other appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"Broken Glass" 2011 Victorious
"I Think You're Swell" 2012 Victorious 2.0

Music Videos Appearances[edit]

Title Year Artist
One Last Time 2015 Ariana Grande
Lowlife That Poppy

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
2011 2011 UK Kids' Choice Awards Nick UK's Funniest Person Victorious Nominated[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Matthew H(annukah) Bennett [@MattBennett] (13 November 2010). "Thanks for all the birthday wishes. This is for you guys: www.mediafire.com/?dnkdmev8jl7lsmb" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  2. ^ Matthew H(annukah) Bennett [@MattBennett] (2 September 2011). "Matt Bennett: Playin The Game Since 1991" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  3. ^ "Matt Bennett Wants to Put The Virginity Hit on Your Radar" Archived 2010-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.. ugo.com. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  4. ^ Warner, Kara. "'Virginity Hit' Not Just Sex, But A Film With 'Heart And Soul' Star Says". MTV Movies Blog. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  5. ^ Nickelodeon UK Kids Choice Awards
  6. ^ "Ariana Grande Reunites with Old Flame in "One Last Time" Video". Fuse. Retrieved 20 April 2018. 
  7. ^ "Ariana Grande's New Video for 'One Last Time' is Awesomely Apocalyptic". Retrieved 20 April 2018. 
  8. ^ Grant, Stacey (June 10, 2016). "Ariana Grande Thinks Her Victorious Costar's New Album Is 'Fire'". MTV. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2011 Winners!". 

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