Chicago-born, Matt Walsh is a founding member of the national improv-sketch comedy theatre Upright Citizens Brigade, which has schools and venues in both New York and Los Angeles. UCB is the largest unaccredited university in the nation teaching improv performance and sketch writing technique. A graduate of Chicago’s ImprovOlympic, Walsh was instructed by the legendary comedy sage Del Close, whose pupils included John Belushi, Bill Murray, Tina Fey and Mike Myers among many others. Walsh co-founded the Upright Citizens Brigade improv troupe with Amy Poehler, Matt Besser and Ian Roberts in Chicago in 1991. During the group’s performances in New York, Comedy Central had their pulse on the foursome and aired their sketch-improv show The Upright Citizens Brigade for three seasons from 1998-2000.
Walsh currently stars in HBO’s Emmy-lauded comedy series Veep as Mike McLintock, the sharp-witted, deadpan Director of Communications to the first female U.S. Vice President, Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). This summer, Walsh completed production on his second comedy as director, A Better You which he also starred in and produced. Co-written with UCB alum Brian Huskey, A Better You follows the quirky life of Dr. Ron (also played by Huskey), a hypnotherapist who struggles to bounce back in the throes of a mid-life crisis. The film stars Horatio Sanz, Rob Huebel, Erinn Hayes, Morgan Walsh, Joe Lo Truglio and Natasha Leggero among many others.
A Better You follows Walsh’s 2011 feature comedy directorial debut, High Road which was acquired and released by Millennium Entertainment and earned him Outstanding Achievement in Directing honors at the Newport Beach Film Festival. High Road follows a pot dealer’s soul-searching road trip after a deal goes south and features an all-star cast: Ed Helms, Abby Elliott, Rob Riggle, Horatio Sanz, Joe Lo Truglio, James Pumphrey among many others.
In his spare time during football season, Walsh gets together with his fellow Chicago-buddies, screenwriter Scot Armstrong (The Hangover) and actor Joe Nunez (Bridesmaids) to break down the scores and plays of their beloved hometown team, The Chicago Bears, with their Bear Down Podcast.
In the wake of his success with The Upright Citizens Brigade, Walsh has become a highly coveted actor in blockbuster films, working with the most renowned directors in the genre. In 2014, Walsh will be seen in the new Steve Quale (Final Destination 5) Tornado action film Into the Storm from Warner Bros./ New Line and David Cross’ feature comedy Hits. Walsh also appeared in Seth MacFarlane’s half-billion grossing comedy Ted, as Thomas the car rental sales boss of John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg). In addition Walsh has appeared in six of Todd Phillips’ hit films including The Hangover, Old School and Due Date as well as making memorable turns in Step Brothers, Elf, Cyrus and Role Models. Walsh has also written and starred in a number of independent feature comedies including Martin & Orloff and Wild Girls Gone; titles which have headlined a number of UCB alums.
Walsh created and starred in SpikeTV’s sports comedy Players about a happy go-lucky guy who owns a bar with his conservative brother (played by fellow UCB co-founder Ian Roberts). Other TV shows created and/or written by Walsh include Comedy Central’s Dog Bites Man, David Arquette and Courteney Cox’s TBS reality show Daisy Does America as well as the hit MTV sketch show Human Giant. Walsh has been a correspondent for The Daily Show, hosting such hysterical segments as “Boom Town” and “The Other Killer White Meat.” Other notable TV appearances include HBO’s Hung as Matt Saline, boyfriend of Jessica (Anne Heche); Jerry Stern on NBC’s Outsourced as well as a number of guest-starring roles: NBC’s Parks and Recreation, Animal Practice, Adult Swim’s Childrens Hospital and NTSF: SD:SUV; and Comedy Central’s Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time and Drunk History.
Though Walsh has a busy career on and off screen, he continues to be active with the Upright Citizens Brigade, both as an instructor and performer. Walsh currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife actress Morgan Walsh (Burning Love, Happy Endings), his two sons Jude and Emmet and his daughter Celia.