Today we’d like to introduce you to Matt Brown.
Hi Matt, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I started doing standup comedy in 2014 at the age of 19. As a child and teenager, I always had a love for comedy. My mom died when I was 17 and she left me notes to read after she passed. That note basically told me to do comedy(or so I think).
So after 2 years of writing jokes, I decided it was time to try it out. 4/20/14 also Easter Sunday was the first time I stepped on stage and I haven’t looked back. For the next 4 years, I did comedy all around the DMV and the East coast. Occasionally, going to the midwest and even Canada.
In 2018, I moved to NYC to try and hit it big. After a few months, I had some serious problems with my living situation and ended up going broke and moving back to Baltimore. My plan was to move back ASAP until covid ran through, now I’m getting ready to move back up and exact my revenge.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Nothing great ever comes easy. I have struggled every step of the way. Either with fitting in or trying to get audiences to understand me.
As far as standup goes the biggest problem was trying to stay confident while balancing performing at packed clubs and empty open mics in dive bars.
It will really mess with your mentals to kill on stage one night and suffer an agonizing death in front of 25 other comics in a smelly basement.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a standup comic and Podcaster. I am most proud of my podcast “The Trap Podcast”. But I am also proud to say that I have gotten to work with almost every comic alive that I have idolized.
The one I haven’t worked with I will work with someday. There’s a saying that goes something like “never meet your idols” every one of them I have met and worked with good or bad I don’t regret. Those who stayed humble and helpful to those who weren’t at the same level show me that humility is possible with success.
Those who were rude and looked down on others show me what not to do when I meet someone like myself when I get successful one day.
We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
I don’t think there is anything about me that would surprise anyone. Everyone who knows me knows everything about me. I talk about everything that is going on in my life.
I am a big-time over-sharer and I take every friendship or chance to speak 0-100. Well, maybe Steely Dan is my favorite band