Matt Portman does funny things. He does funny things on stages and on camera and on paper. He does funny things with groups of people and sometimes by himself. Here are some of the funny things he has done.
I performed stand up for over 5 years in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, and one time in a basement in Glenview, IL to my brother-in-law's friends while they drank underaged. I've performed to crowds big and small, I've been paid to perform stand up and (much much much more often) not paid to do stand up. I've been on lineups with Jerrod Carmichael, Whitney Cummings, Iliza Schlesinger, Bobby Lee, Marlon Wayans, TJ Miller, Tom Green, and Eric Andre. And yet, the greatest thing I ever achieved in all my years doing stand up, was having a joke get ripped off by the one-and-only Adam Sandler. My parents are so proud.
My bit circa 2012
Adam Sandler definitely ripping me off
I am currently on the improv team Commitment Issues. We regularly produce our own show at Chicago's legendary Second City Theater. We also perform on shows all over town at the iO Theater, the Annoyance Theater, and at independent venues across Chicago and festivals across the country. Check us out on Facebook to come out to a show and see if this guy's even still got it.
Over the years I've completed improv programs at UCB Los Angeles, iO, and Annoyance. I've performed on many teams and many stages including a one-year stint doing musical improv. To this day, no one knows why they let me sing.
Making funny videos with my friends is how I got my start doing this whole comedy thing. In college, starting a sketch group with some buddies turned into working for the on-campus TV station producing a narrative comedy about on-campus detectives as well as an Onion-style comedy news show and more-polished sketch comedy show. Every once in a while I still like making funny videos with some friends, like this one that I whipped up with an improv team I was on in LA.