Matt Besser

Matt Besser is a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade. While I could ramble on and on about the accomplishments of the UCB, I’ll stick to Matt’s credits: Crossballs, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Reno 911, Human Giant, Word Girl, This Show Will Get You High, and most recently as Crazy Ira on Parks and Recreation.

Host Information

My Dead Wife, The Robot Car

When Matt (Besser) signed on to be one of the first testers of the self-driving robot cars, he was not aware the AI personality of the operating system was his dead ex-wife (Mary Holland). It's like the film "Her"...except he hated her and she hated him. 'My Dead Wife, The Robot Car' is a 10 episode improvised series featuring Matt Besser, Mary Holland, Horatio Sanz, Danielle Schneider, Betsy Sodaro, Jon Gabrus, Dan Lippert, Matt Newell, Lou Wilson, Chad Carter, and Mookie Blaiklock.

improv4humans with Matt Besser

Few names are as synonymous with improv as Matt Besser. Founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade and a regular performer in the world-famous show Asssscat, Matt has brought his talents to Earwolf with a fully improvised weekly podcast featuring the best improvisers in the universe. Music by Bobby Matthews and Dragoon. Looking for the archives? All episodes older than 6 months can be found exclusively on Stitcher Premium, ad-free. Go to and use promo code EARWOLF for 1 month free (and $5 off the annual plan!)

Guest Appearances

Earwolf Presents: An Improv4Humans Covid Hootenanny

Looking for the best comedy podcasts? Earwolf Presents showcases our talented hosts and our favorite episodes from the Earwolf universe! Let us surprise you! Here is: Improv4Humans with Matt Besser. Celebrate Americana with a Neil Young COVID Hootenanny on this week’s improv4humans…


Matt Besser

Comedian and UCB co-founder Matt Besser talks with Andy Richter about wild improv parties from their early days in Chicago, foraying into stand-up via a college contest, humiliation as a driving force, and overcoming the inertia of being unknown. Plus, Matt discusses…


Matt Besser, Our Cannabedian Friend

Hollywood Handbook #314October 29, 2019

The Boys welcome MATT BESSER back to the show to promote his new special Pot Humor and hopefully confess his crimes.     This episode is sponsored by I’m Listening: A Frasier Fan Podcast (, Harry's (, Quip (, and Trtl Travel…


Ruse Toupees with Matty B (Matt Besser)

The Teachers discuss Todd flushing Howard down the toilet, Bill's Doubletime Show, and Sam becoming Pumpkin Spiced. Then, famous Hamilton alumnus Matty B (Matt Besser) stops by to promote his new special Pot Humor and address his issues with The Teachers.


Tapas Charting

Who Charted? #455September 3, 2019

Comedian and host of improv4humans Matt Besser returns to Who Charted to celebrate his upcoming stand-up special Pot Humor! We’ll hear Billboard’s Heatseeker Albums, plus a Bonanza quiz and a hot Rock take during the Movie Chart. Later, Besser conquers the Hot…


10th Anniversary Part 1

Comedy Bang Bang #599April 28, 2019

Scott Aukerman celebrates the 10th Anniversary of Comedy Bang! Bang! by implementing a true open door policy and welcomes fan favorite guests of the show over the last 10 years! Part One Featuring: Jason Mantzoukas Andy Daly Paul F. Tompkins Seth Morris…


Matt Besser, Subhah Agarwal, Nick Nemeroff, Rachel Scanlon and host M.K. Paulson

Guest host M.K. Paulson talks Fort Worth, pantyhose eggs and the Superbloom. Sets from Matt Besser, Subhah Agarwal, Rachel Scanlon and Nick Nemeroff.


Bread Mop

Comedy Bang Bang #590March 10, 2019

Actress, writer, and comedian Andrea Savage makes a triumphant return to talk about the second season of her truTV show “I’m Sorry,” the freedom of total creative control, and peeing next to Michael Jackson. Plus, noted musician Jackson Maine stops by to…


Christmas 420

Who Charted? #420December 25, 2018

Comedian and host of improv4humans Matt Besser joins Howard, Brett, and Kev to celebrate four hundred and twenty episode of Who Charted! Matt brings his 420 expertise to the table with the Best Songs to Listen To While High as we discover…


The Travel Bug Live! with August Lindt

Andy and Matt are giving ol’ August Lindt another shot with Travel Bug recorded live at The Largo in Los Angeles.  August is joined by other famous travel bugs, Werner Herzog, Pope Benedict XIII, and H.R. Giger to discuss their favorite travels. …


The Gil & Golly Variety Hour

Recorded LIVE from the Day Room of the Towering Pines Psychiatric Hospital and Long Term Care Facility, it’s The Gil & Golly Variety Hour! Your host's Gil and his pal Golly, welcome classic vaudeville act Milton & Dupree, who are, well, older…


Sax Averse

Who Charted? #404September 4, 2018

Comedian and host of improv4humans Matt Besser rejoins Howard, Stard and Kev to take a deep dive on this week’s Who Charted?! Matt talks about his new Stitcher Premium series My Dead Wife, The Robot Car and getting confident in your own…


They'ven't Yet

Comedy Bang Bang #562August 26, 2018

Comedian Max Silvestri joins Scott to chat about being featured in Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup, the coolest town in America, and the superiority of the English whistle. Then, background actor Daniel Faraway stops in to share his favorite catchphrases, and politician Roman…


Matt Besser, Sherry Cola, Nat Baimel and host Rhea Butcher

Rhea talks Father's Day, Elon Musk and liberal tears. Sets from Nat Baimel, Sherry Cola and Matt Besser, and chats with Naomi Ekperigin and James Adomian. This episode is brought to you by Lioness (, Gunpowder & Sky’s new film Hearts Beat…


Matt Besser's Thunderdome: Redbox vs. Criterion Collective 

Welcome to Matt Besser’s Thunderdome, a brand new competitive improv podcast. Each team of six improvisers will do their best improv set using the storied Movie format. Two teams enter...but only one team can take the glory. You can determine who moves…


The Travel Bug with August Lindt

You're in for a treat as Andy Daly & Matt Gourley bring you a remarkable festival of German accents in a travel themed podcast pilot hosted by pretzel maker/world traveler August Lindt. August is in fantastic German company as he welcomes legendary…


Ro…ller Co…aster O…ne

Comedy Bang Bang #538March 25, 2018

Comedian and star of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chelsea Peretti makes her incredible return to Comedy Bang! Bang! Chelsea chats with Scott about the story of her husband falling for her after hearing her on CBB, meeting relatives for the first time in Italy,…


Birthday Fever (w/ Deanna Russo, Nicole Shabtai, Matt Besser)

Casey is down with the flu this week (RIP Casey) but Danielle is joined in her own nook by actress and New Jersey apologist Deanna Russo who gives us new insight into the garden state and the garbage people who inhabit it.…


Curse of Taste

Who Charted? #369January 3, 2018

Matt Besser of Improv4humans joins Kulap, Howard, and Stard to share his top musical picks from the last year! We hear some of Matt’s favorite underrated artists before Howard makes a grand entrance to pitch a series of opinionated charts from all…


Family Owned Bike Shop

Paul F. Tompkins uses the sound of his voice to welcome listeners back to Spontaneanation! This time out, Paul’s special return guest is Matt Besser of improv4humans! Matt chats about what his favorite ancient civilization is and why, the thrill of looking…


Stolen Idea from Matt Besser -- Act I

To hear more from this series go to for more details. STOLEN IDEA is a comedy punk rock musical that covers the theft of intellectual property in the artistic worlds of music and comedy. The story follows a standup comedian and a rock musician who are…


Don't Rock the Boat (w/ Deanna Cheng, Michael Rapaport, Matt Besser)

Danielle and special co-host/Dennis Rodman truther Deanna Cheng have quite a task in front of them with THREE cities to cover this week, so they bring in fan favorite Michael Rapaport to help and he COMES TO PLAY. They talk pigtails, tiny…


Matt Besser

Never Not Funny #2109October 5, 2017

Stealing home with Matt Besser. This episode is brought to you by Harry's (, TrackR ( code: PARDO), and Bombfell (


Matt Besser

Join Kevin as he sits down with actor/comedian Matt Besser (Upright Citizens Brigade, Besser Vs. Audience). Matt chats about his first stage being college radio, how alternative comedy is punk rock, and helping society by teaching sketch.


Electric Daisy Jamboree (w/ Matt Besser)

Matt Besser, host of Earwolf's improv4humans / creator of the new punk-rock musical Stolen Idea, stars in the new (and first?) EDM-musical "Electric Daisy Jamboree". In a festival full of robot DJs, drugs, buckets, a "Pine Tree Experience", and more, will a father and…


Matt Besser: Republic of Gilead Radio

Welcome to Republic of Gilead Radio! Commander Matt (Matt Besser) opens up his office to a Handmaid by the name of Offjack for a comedy show in which she can earn moments to speak freely about her past before the Civil War…


Season 2, Ep 25 - Sit in a Circle (w/ Todd Barry, Janet Varney, Cole Stratton, Matt Besser & Danielle Schneider live from Outside Lands Fest)

An especially lively night in the tavern with visits from a raven, a warrior elf, an ill child, a giant dwarf and a fairy decorator. Credits: Arnie: Arnie Niekamp Chunt: Adal Rifai Usidore: Matt Young Kermit the Raven: Todd Barry Braidwynn: Janet Varney Timbo: Cole Stratton Matt Dabbin’: Matt…


The 420 Show

Comedy Bang Bang #483April 20, 2017

For the first time ever, Scott celebrates 420 with the help of special guest Maxwell Keeper aka The Time Keeper who tells us why he believes 420 should be a holiday. Then, Dr. Green stops by to talk about his new vigilante…


Boys, Blades and Bag of Pills: Live from Largo (w/ Matt Besser, Leslie Grossman)

Danielle and Casey are live at Largo with special guests Leslie Grossman (who brings us up to speed on Vanderpump and is not embarrassed to be watching Summer House) and Matt Besser (who brings us up to speed on his and Danielle's daughter…


Scavengers of Funk

Who Charted? #319January 11, 2017

This week, UCB founder and host of Improv4humans Matt Besser joins Howard and Kulap for a midwinter chartstorm. Matt shares his Top Musical Picks of 2016 and explains what he puts his CDs into while Howard complains about his yurt-mates' excessive social…


Harsh Joe Pinions

Comedy Bang Bang #465January 9, 2017

Matt Besser of improv4humans and one of the original UCB 4 joins Scott this week to talk about his off-air relationship with Scott, the new season of The UCB Show, and retiring Bjork. Then, park ranger Margery Kershaw of Pinnacles National Park…



Comedy Bang Bang #440August 15, 2016

One of our favorite guests, Todd Glass of The Todd Glass Show is back to join Scott and intern Gino Lambardo on today's Comedy Bang! Bang! They'll chat about party rules, the perfect ice-cream/Pop-Tart snack, and why drummers make everything better. Later,…


All Lives Matter at The RNC (w/ Matt Besser, Anthony Atamanuik)

Tim Pinebluff (Matt Besser), the founder of the All Lives Matter movement, joins Mark and Pete live from the Republican National Convention to discuss why some lives matter more than others and the demise of Crystal Pepsi. Plus; Mark reads poetry, Donald…


Matt Besser, Our Crossovered Friend

Hayes and Sean sit down with UCB founder and improv4humans host MATT BESSER for a forced crossover episode and compare emails with notes they've received from Earwolf brass.


Goodbye, Dubai/Start Spreading the News

Join Danielle and pinch hitting co-host Leslie Grossman w/ special guest (and Danielle's husband & Housewives hater) Matt Besser (Improv4Humans) as they say good-bye to Dub-ai and hello to the big apple. They talk Kyle's long hair vs Jules' long hair, Eileen's…


Santa Fe Art Gallery

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes everyone using any of the five senses to the 50th episode of SPONTANEANATION! This week, Paul’s special guest is Matt Besser of improv4humans! They chat about who would be the ideal sibling, mischievous imaginary friends, and Matt's dad's…


Matt Besser - Spotlight On: B.B.

WOMP It Up! #19February 8, 2016

As Marissa and Listler get ready for prom, they welcome an unexpected guest, B.B. (Matt Besser), Marina Del Rey's local drug dealer on this week’s WOMP IT UP! They get into the new X-Files, the Super Bowl, and Ben & Jerry's ice…


Sklarbro County 190

Sklarbro Country #285.5January 12, 2016

Singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim and Matt Besser of improv4humans make their way to Sklarbro County! Langhorne tells us about what it was like getting laughs before his sets opening up for Eugene Mirman on tour and plays songs off his new album The…


Christmas Debunked

Who Charted? #265December 30, 2015

Ring in the New Year with Howard, Kulap, and Matt Besser of improv4humans! In a Who Charted? first, Matt shares his Top 5 Songs of 2015 and explains how his daughter inspired Ben Lee's music video for "Happiness." Then, everyone talks about…


Matt Besser: Turing Tests with Caleb Smith

Dr. Nathan Bateman has hired Caleb Smith (Matt Besser) to conduct a series of turing tests to ascertain whether or not a machine’s artificial intelligence has actually achieved independent consciousness. In these interview sessions between Caleb and test subject Melissa, you’ll hear…


South By

Horatio and Chad take the show on the road again, this time to Austin, TX and SXSW for a live performance at The Hideout to cap off a weekend of UCB fun which included shows with Comedy Bang Bang and Improv4Humans. Guests…


2014 Holiday Spectacular

Comedy Bang Bang #326December 15, 2014

Ho! Ho! Ho! It's the year end holiday episode of Comedy Bean Bag with music from The Both (Aimee Mann & Ted Leo) and guests galore! Director of the Underworld series, Len Wiseman is back for the CBB festivities that will include…


Eat Over There

Ronna & Beverly #92November 7, 2014

The always sharp Matt Besser of improv4humans joins Ronna & Beverly to tackle his issues with disgusting eaters. They also chat about the use of improv in many TV shows today, Monica Lewinsky being back in the news, duck penises, his upcoming…


Matt Besser

Never Not Funny #1514November 6, 2014

Passing notes with Matt Besser.


Lumber Hack

Comedy Bang Bang #318October 27, 2014

Wyatt Cenac of The Daily Show and his new Netflix comedy special Brooklyn returns to Comedy Big Bang Theory! Wyatt tells us a bit about his new stand-up special after he gets to know the mysterious hacker Paul Funyuns, the man behind…


Gandalf Vs. Snape

Who Charted? #182May 28, 2014

Matt Besser, the man who literally wrote the book on comedy, joins your KuKu and your Armen Weitzman on this week's Who Charted? Tune in to hear Armen explain how UCB is like Hogwarts, the crew count down the Billboard Dance Electronic…


The 5th Anniversary Show!

Comedy Bang Bang #283April 28, 2014

IT'S BEEN 5 years of Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast and all your favorites have returned for a bro out sesh! Get ready to experience our unbelievable open door policy as friends of the show Marissa Wompler, Miss Listler, Jason Mantzoukas, and…


LIVE from SXSW 2014 II

Comedy Bang Bang #276March 13, 2014

It's time for another b-b-b-bonus episode of Comedy Bang! Bang! recorded live at the South by Southwest Festival! Featuring co-host/intern Gino Lambardo and one of America's favorite comedians Matt Braunger. But that's not all, Scott's childhood friend Hooch the Mooch drops by…


Smaug's Kickstarter

Comedy Bang Bang #269February 3, 2014

You must know by now that Doug Benson loves movies, dining with Karen, and getting Doug right? Doug & cartoonist/author Paul Hornschemeier join Scott to talk about Paul's new book "Artists Authors Thinkers Directors," their all time favorite movies, and the Grammys.…


Mystical Sex

The Fogelnest Files #58October 10, 2013

Andy Richter, Matt Besser, and Matt Mira join Jake in their viewing positions on today’s LIVE episode from the LA Podfest! They'll experience joy that only Huell Howser can create, be intrigued by the gentleman in a music video simply called “Mystical…


New Dad

Comedy Bang Bang #239August 19, 2013

SNL alum and Mohr Stories host Jay Mohr makes his first appearance on today’s Comedy Bang! Bang! After a discussion on the central time zone, Scott’s neighbor drops by to tell us all about being a new dad and how to keep…


Boring Kanye West

Who Charted? #139July 31, 2013

The lovely April Richardson fills in for Kulap to help count down the charts with Howard and Earwolf's own Matt Besser on this week's very special Who Charted! The songs of the summah are discussed, including a breakdown of the potentially "rape-y"…


End Scene

Comedy Bang Bang #201February 18, 2013

First timer Jon Glaser and past guest Pope Benedict XVI join us to talk finales on today’s Comedy Bang Bang! Jon gives a taste of what we can expect on the Delocated series finale and where his role on Parks and Recreation…


Making the Snow Angel

Comedy Bang Bang #195January 21, 2013

Out of the street and into the studio, Billy Eichner of Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street is on today’s Comedy Bang Bang! Billy shares his take on George Carlin’s “Stuff” routine, explains where the idea for his show came about,…


Killer Tracks

Private: Rafflecast #7December 24, 2012

We’re counting down the Top 10 Songs of 2012 this week as Rafflecast Presents: Killer Tracks with Carly Rae Jepsen and Billy Braggart! Get ready for an all out chat about Bieber, Psy, and Rihanna! Plus, Billy gives us his rendition of…


2012 Holiday Spectacular

Comedy Bang Bang #191December 18, 2012

It’s that time of year where you try to not get burned when roasting chestnuts over an open fire and have the whole family gather round the ol’ computer for a special holiday podcast treat! Scott welcomes fan favorite Harris Wittels as…


Breaking Bread

Comedy Bang Bang #168July 23, 2012

Today's episode of Comedy Bang Bang will bring you revelations from two of the most famous and powerful men in the world. That's maybe an overstatement, but if you're a fan of Mr. Show or Breaking Bad than you'll be hanging onto…


Climbing the Ladder

Comedy Bang Bang #146February 27, 2012

Sorry you guys, but we did NOT get Ice Ben Schwartz or Ice Reggie Watts for the podcast this week. You'll have to settle for their American doppelgangers who join the world-famous Scottabot and the legendary Bjork for a sexy, funny, sexy,…


A Real Asssscat!

Who Charted? #59January 18, 2012

It's been far too long since we've had Matt Besser in our chart chamber. He reprises his appearance this week with a rousing round of hits from the iTunes Top Singles Chart, insider acting advice inspired by the Movie Chart, and a…


The Sklar Triplets

Sklarbro Country #63October 7, 2011

Randy and Jason are out on the road so it's time to call in the 12th man...and the 13th man...and the 14th woman. Matt Besser, Howard Kremer, and Danielle Schneider are slapping some paint on their faces and getting in the gridiron!…


Vanity Plates! Incest!

Totally Laime #88October 7, 2011

After ten weeks of nerve-wracking Skype calls as part of The Earwolf Challenge, we've got Matt Besser in our living room and we're going to hold HIS feet to the fire for a change! And by that we mean, we ask him about…


Hats Off to Caruso

Comedy Bang Bang #114July 18, 2011

The Earwolf studio is experiencing a British Invasion! They're coming to Attack the Block and we're too Spaced to call the Hot Fuzz. It feels like Earwolf Vs. The World and hopefully we won't end up (Shaun of the) Dead (okay, I'm…


Wedding Night!

Wedding season is starting, and who better to advise you on your nuptials than Drew Droege? Matt Besser and Sean Conroy, that's who! We'll help you through every step of the wedding process, from choosing your DJ to finding the right religious…


Booked It!

Comedy Bang Bang #101April 18, 2011

Good Riddance! Just one week since we hit the big 1-0-0 and we're back with another great episode! Joe Lo Truglio (the most tolerable member of The State) joins Casey Wilson for his first Death-Ray appearance, which thankfully goes better than Casey's…


Phishing for Compliments

Comedy Bang Bang #95March 7, 2011

Creak! Slam! Sit down for some Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast! This week's episode has everything you love about the show; the music of Phish and pussy jokes! Natasha Leggero, Harris Wittels, and Harris' protege King Henry VI are our guests, along…


A Couple of Stooges

Who Charted? #9February 1, 2011

Proficient comedian Matt Besser comes by to talk about exercise bicycles, making pizza, and CHARTS! The music for the week is rock, which goes over surprisingly well, and after the movie chart we see the return of Chart Roulette. Even the biggest…


Craziest Former Athletes

Sklarbro Country #13October 21, 2010

The Upright Citizens Brigade have left their mark on NYC and in LA and soon enough, they may open a theater right here in Sklarbro Country. Original UCB member, Matt Besser (@mattbesser on Twitter) joins the brothers to discuss his midwestern sports…


The Farting Fuck Faces

Comedy Bang Bang #75October 12, 2010

This week's theme on Comedy Bang Bang is well-adjusted adults who take criticism well and never had issues being accepted as adolescents. Sleepwalker Mike Birbiglia shares with us, in Mike Birbiglia-style detail, how he and Nathan Lane became friends, what it's like…


Serious or Sarcastic?

Comedy Bang Bang #62July 16, 2010

What a great episode! Now tell me, am I being serious, or sarcastic? The boys from Don't Stop or We'll Die stop by for some crazy mad jams, and Andy Richter makes his first appearance since that whole….kerfuffle he was involved with.…


Another Cyberthug Take-Over

Comedy Bang Bang #36January 15, 2010

Run for your life, it's a CYBER-THUG TAKE OVER! Cyber and his buddy Miles Archer discuss the state of hip hop with Kanye East, and whatever type of music it is that Taylor Slow does.


Four Douche Episode

Comedy Bang Bang #15August 7, 2009

This episode is all about fame! Famous twitterer Steve Agee talks a bit about his trending topic #2DoucheConvo, Natasha Leggero does the best “ladies comedy” you could ever hear, and Matt Besser tries to figure out just what it would take to…

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