Matt Iseman

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Matt Iseman
Born (1971-01-22) January 22, 1971 (age 47)
San Antonio, Texas
Alma mater Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Princeton University
Occupation Comedian, actor, television host, physician
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)

Matt Iseman (born January 22, 1971)[1] is an American comedian, actor, and television host, who began his career as a physician. He became the first (and only) winner of The New Celebrity Apprentice in early 2017.

Early life and medical career[edit]

Iseman was born in Denver, Colorado.[1] The son of a pulmonologist, Iseman was raised in Denver and followed his father into a medical career, earning a B.S. with honors from Princeton University and an M.D. from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.[2] He did his internship and residency in internal medicine at the University of Colorado Hospital in his home town of Denver,[3] and later relocated to the Los Angeles area.

Comedy career[edit]

Iseman began doing stand-up comedy, with a routine based partly on his experiences as a doctor. He worked with the improvisational comedy troupe The Groundlings, and in 2002 became a full-time professional comedian. In addition to comedy club work, Iseman’s medical background has led to performing for medical and health-related organizations. He has performed at USO shows in Afghanistan, South Korea, Bosnia, and Hungary.[citation needed]

He cites Brian Regan as a comedy inspiration.[citation needed] Iseman's comedy outside of humor about medicine and medical profession is mainly observational, and he generally avoids off-color material.[citation needed]

Television work[edit]

Iseman has hosted the game shows Scream Play on E! and Casino Night on GSN. He appears as a regular cast member on the home makeover show Clean House and its companion outtakes show, Clean House Comes Clean, both on the Style Network. Additionally, he has hosted 8 out of 9 seasons of American Ninja Warrior on the channel G4, and then on the NBC network. The only season he did not host was season 1. Iseman began working with American Ninja Warrior in 2010. He uses his athleticism and work as a comedian to add his style to the show with Akbar Gbaja-Biamila (former NFL player), and Kristine Leahy (sideline correspondent).[4]

He also has worked episodically in television shows including The Drew Carey Show, NCIS, and General Hospital. He has appeared on the syndicated MAD TV, Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Fox's The Best Damn Sports Show Period, and Fox News Channel's Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. He was the narrator of "Dumbest Stuff On Wheels" on "SPEED". As of May 4, 2010, Iseman is the host of Sports Soup,[5] a spin-off of E!'s The Soup, on Versus.

Iseman won the 15th overall season and first run of The New Celebrity Apprentice.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Iseman was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2002, at age 31. His disease is being treated successfully.[7]

In the season premier of American Ninja Warrior season 2, Iseman mentioned that he was a cancer survivor. Iseman wrote on Twitch that he had part of a kidney removed due to cancer more than 10 years ago.



  1. ^ a b "Matt Iseman". Archived from the original on September 5, 2015. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  2. ^ "A Funny Thing Happened After For Years of Medical School - College of Physicians and Surgeons".
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  4. ^ American Ninja Warrior Hosts, G4; G4; NBC Universal (June 2012). "American Ninja Warrior Hosts". NBC Universal. p. hosts. Retrieved 17 June 2012. Matt joined the American Ninja Warrior team in 2010. Before co-hosting ANW, Matt had intentions of being a medical doctor but quickly realized stand-up comedy was more in his DNA. He has utilized his energetic, charismatic style around the world performing shows for troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea, Bosnia, Hungary and other top vacation destinations and has been able to parlay that into his work as co-host with Akbar Gbaja-Biamila on American Ninja Warrior.
  5. ^ Michael Schneider (14 September 2008). "E! heats up 'Sports Soup': Versus to offer sports-flavored edition of show". Variety. Los Angeles, California. Retrieved 2008-12-10.
  6. ^ Nilles, Billy (February 13, 2017). "Who Won The New Celebrity Apprentice: Boy George or Matt Iseman?". E! News. Retrieved February 14, 2017.
  7. ^ Morgan, John; Shoop, Stephen A., M.D. (July 20, 2004). "'Scream Play' host scripts triumph over rheumatoid arthritis,". USA Today. Archived from the original on January 28, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2016.

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