Matt Knudsen was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and was quickly whisked away to grow up in the unforgiving cold of the Midwest. After finishing school in California, he started his life at sea as a merchant marine, sailing to various ports in Europe, Africa, Central and South America, Japan, Korea and China. After almost 5 years, Matt put down his sea-bag, picked up a microphone and began performing stand-up comedy at clubs in Los Angeles and New York.
This led to work in film and television, including sharing the big screen with Sean Penn in the Warner Brothers feature Gangster Squad, as well as memorable guest spots on HBO’s Golden Globe nominated series Big Love, the Emmy winning Boston Legal, and Matt’s personal favorite, Jesus Christ the Therapist on Malcolm in the Middle. Kids would know Matt best as arch villain Sonny Appleday in Cartoon Networks first live action series, Out of Jimmy’s Head. In addition, Matt has appeared in several high profile commercial campaigns for Volkswagen, Apple and General Electric; which have aired during the Superbowl and the Olympics.
As a stand up comedian, Matt has performed at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal where he was named a “Best of the Fest,” as well as Conan, The Late Late Show and Last Call. His critically acclaimed albums, The Comedy Stylings of Matt Knudsen and American are top downloads on iTunes and heard regularly on Sirius/XM radio.
Matt loves Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Brian Regan, Bob Newhart, Jack Benny and Steve Martin.
The critics have spoken. The Comedy Stylings of Matt Knudsen, “Mixes droll observation with a dry, almost hypnotic delivery.” (Onion AV Club) Whether singing the praises of his new Temperpedic mattress or making questionable decisions at the all you can eat buffet, “Knudsen ably spins any material in to comedy gold.” (LA Weekly) Matt has performed at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal and after his appearances in New Faces, was invited to perform in an additional “Best of the Fest,” show. Other credits include Conan, The Late Late Show, Gangster Squad, Go On, Big Love and Malcolm in the Middle as well as several high profile commercials campaigns for BMW, Apple and GE, which have been seen during the Superbowl and The Olympics. The Comedy Stylings of Matt Knudsen is an intimate one-hour set, recorded live at Lestats West in San Diego and in Knudsen’s debut, he entertains old fans and new converts alike with his unique style that has been called, “Amazingly measured and deliberate…Well done.” (PunchlineMagazine.com)
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