Comedian Profile: Matt Holmes

Editors Note: In this segment, we step away from the stage and take a look at comedians in the Philadelphia area… Learn a little more about where they come from, what they do while not performing and of course the question we all ask ourselves… Why do we do it?

MATT HOLMES

Might have seen him in: Rare Bird Show and m@&

Hangs his hat in: Aldan, PA (the suburbs just west of West Philly)

Stomping Grounds: Mountain Top, PA

Pays the Bills as: Webmaster/Graphic Designer

Other Hobbies: photography, rock-climbing, frisbee, hackysack

Why Improv?

It might sound corny, but I really think I was born to do improv …or that improv was invented for people like me. If you’re weird, creative, artsy, inventive, clever, funny, shy and/or outgoing, improv is for you. You get to do anything and play. It’s not like other things, even creative things, where you have to study and try and practice. If you’re the right kind of person, you’re a natural.

You get to be the writer and director and star and editor and special effects guy and stuntman and anything can happen. You can be the leading man and the comic relief and the villain, sometimes all at once.

I stumbled into improv. I was a weird, loud, outgoing baby and quickly turned into a shy, awkward kid. Improv took me out of my shell. Without it, I’d be a complete dick or a complete recluse (both of which people might argue I am now).

If you know someone who you think should be profiled, we’d love to hear about them.

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