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Matt McCarthy (comedian)

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Matt McCarthy
Born (1979-11-09) November 9, 1979 (age 44)
Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
MediumComedy, movie, television
Years active2003–present

Matt McCarthy (born November 9, 1979, in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American comedian, actor, writer, and improviser living in Los Angeles. He is best known for appearances on Conan, The Pete Holmes Show and CollegeHumor.com and as host of the We Watch Wrestling Podcast. McCarthy co-stars as Carl on the CBS show How We Roll. [1]

Early life[edit]

Matthew McCarthy, the youngest of three, was born in Providence, Rhode Island, at the old Women & Infants Hospital on Maude Street. He grew up in an Irish-Catholic home in Rumford, Rhode Island, and attended St. Margaret's School and La Salle Academy.[2]


Described by The New York Times as a "John Belushi-like madman",[3] McCarthy began performing standup comedy after graduating from Fordham University where he was the mascot, The Ram, from 1999 to 2001.[4] He then studied improvisation at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York. Before becoming a performer, he appeared as a contestant on an episode of Cash Cab, which aired on June 26, 2006.

In 2008 he starred in a St. Patrick's Day commercial for Guinness.[5] The next year he portrayed The Cable Guy in a series of Verizon FiOs commercials.[6]

McCarthy co-founded the sketch video group Front Page Films with fellow comedians and creators, including frequent collaborator Pete Holmes. FPF made sketches, commercials and viral videos for Doritos,[7] Crunch Fitness,[8] CollegeHumor,[9] and Comedy Central. McCarthy also starred in many shorts for CollegeHumor. Numerous Front Page Film videos were featured on Atom.com and Comedy Central's Tosh.0.[10]

In 2010 McCarthy hosted Action Pack on AMC with Nick Stevens.[11]

An avid pro wrestling fan, from 2011 to 2012 and 2016-2018 McCarthy worked as a creative writer for the WWE.[12] In 2013 McCarthy began recording episodes of the We Watch Wrestling Podcast with fellow stand-up comedians Vince Averill and Tom Sibley and producer Rob Sibley.

From October 2013 through June 2014, McCarthy was a series regular and writer on The Pete Holmes Show on TBS following Conan.

Stand-up Comedy[edit]

McCarthy began performing comedy in New York City in 2003 at various open mics, barker shows, and bringer shows. Quickly found a home in the East Village at the now-defunct Comedy Social, a weekly comedy showcase at Sin Sin bar. Soon after, hosted a stand-up at Mo Pitkin's House of Satisfaction. McCarthy had a month-long run of his solo show "McCarthyism" at the infamous Rififi Cinema Classics. McCarthy also ran "The Matt McCarthy Stand-Up Comedy Show" at Comix NY for several months.

In 2011, McCarthy ran a monthly comedy extravaganza called MARKING OUT in Manhattan.[13]

His standup comedy television performances include Season 3 of Live at Gotham, John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show[14]' on Comedy Central.

McCarthy has performed at such festivals as Just for Laughs in Montreal, All Tomorrow's Parties, Sasquatch! Music Festival, Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival[15] and Bonnaroo.[16]

Named one of LA Weekly's Comics to Watch in 2014.[17]




Year Title Role Notes
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Rodney Bird/Acrobat Pig
2015 Best Wishes From Millwood Vern short
2013 All That I Am Pat
2012 The Normals Ossap
2011 The Music Never Stopped Carl
2010 The Other Guys Therapy Cop #2


Year Title Role Notes
2022 How We Roll Carl 11 Episodes
2015 - 2021 Conan Regular Sketch Performer 40+ appearances
2018 - 2020 Corporate (TV series) Richard 4 episodes
2019 Black Monday (TV series) Flanny Episode "Money Pot"
2015 - 2017 Adam Ruins Everything Striking Union Man

Joe 'Cray Cray' Crazyzowitz

Episode "Adam Ruins Work"

Episode "Adam Ruins Money" "Adam Ruins The Economy"

2016 Bad Internet John Snow Youtube Red
2015 @midnight Himself Episode 223
2015 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Arman Episode "Payback"
2013 - 2014 The Pete Holmes Show Series Regular Writer/Performer
2013 Adam Devine's House Party Bowling Team Buddy Episode "Neighbor Party"
2012 Louie Actor Louie Episode "Dad"
2012 White Collar Mr. Cooper Episode "Upper West Side Story"
2011 Bored to Death Tiger Episode "We Could Sing A Duet"
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Baseball Heckler Episode "Mister Softee"
2011 Whitest Kids U' Know Union Soldier Episode "Civil War on Drugs: part 8 & 9"
2010 John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show Himself Episode "Hannibal Buress, Pete Holmes, Matt McCarthy, & Janeane Garofalo"
2008 Live at Gotham Himself Episode "Host: Kevin Hart"


  1. ^ Petski, Denise (December 17, 2021). "'How We Roll': Tahj Mowry, Rondi Reed Among 5 Cast In Pete Holmes' CBS Comedy". Deadline. Retrieved December 30, 2021.
  2. ^ "R.I. native is finalist in Doritos Super Bowl ad contest". PROJO. January 24, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  3. ^ Belson, Ken (January 22, 2009). "Beer Flavored Doritos on the F Train". The New York Times. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  4. ^ "Fordham Ram feels up Rudy Giuliani on morning news". YouTube. February 15, 2009. Archived from the original on December 15, 2021. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  5. ^ "You have got some brass, son". YouTube. March 12, 2008. Archived from the original on December 15, 2021. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  6. ^ "FiOS TV: Picture Quality Ad". YouTube. September 28, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  7. ^ "Doritos Super Bowl XLIII Commercial: New Flavor Pitch". YouTube. January 27, 2009. Archived from the original on June 19, 2010. Retrieved July 15, 2009.
  8. ^ "The Private Gym". YouTube. October 19, 2009. Archived from the original on December 15, 2021. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  9. ^ "CH Originals: Batman Vanishing". YouTube. November 22, 2009. Archived from the original on December 15, 2021. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  10. ^ "HOTEL". ATOM. July 7, 2009. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  11. ^ "AMC Action Pack". AMCTV. January 18, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  12. ^ "Former WWE creative team member goes in depth about his recent run with the company". PROWRESTLING.NET. February 12, 2013. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  13. ^ "Matt McCarthy's Marking Out at Ace Hotel". acehotel. January 24, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
  14. ^ "John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show debuts Jan. 8 (Video)". Monsters and Critics. January 7, 2010. Retrieved January 18, 2010.
  15. ^ "Outside Lands 2014 Line-Up". SFOutSideLands.com. August 10, 2014. Archived from the original on August 19, 2014. Retrieved August 20, 2014.
  16. ^ "Bonnaroo 2015 Artist Page". bonnaroo.com. June 11, 2015. Archived from the original on April 5, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  17. ^ "LA Weekly 2014 Comics to Watch". LAWeekly.com. January 2, 2014. Retrieved January 2, 2014.

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