Matt Young

Matt Young is an actor, improviser, producer, director, and writer currently living and working in the greater Chicago area. Born and raised in Illinois, he has spent the last several years in Chicago focusing on performing, coaching, and teaching improvisational comedy.

Matt Young is an actor, improviser, producer, and writer based in Chicago. In addition to playing Usidore the Wizard on Hello from the Magic Tavern, Matt is also a proud member of the world-renowned Improvised Shakespeare Company. He leads the crew of the U.S.S. Sisyphus as Captain Baxter in the Improvised Star Trek podcast, and he’s also one of the co-creators and talents behind of the podcast-news-magazine parody The Probe (think Serial meets Waiting for Guffman). He is a founding member of Whirled News Tonight; the long-running improvised satire at iO Chicago. He frequently lends his skills to commercial and voiceover work and has appeared in the independent films, Fools and Speed Dating. He is currently represented by Paonessa Talent. You can follow him on Twitter: @morepeoplehappy and follow Usidore: @usidoretheblue.

Guest Appearances

July 15, 2021

Looking for the best comedy podcasts? Earwolf Presents showcases our talented hosts and our favourite episodes from the Earwolf universe! Let us surprise you!

Here is Hello From The Magic Tavern: Arnie Niekamp fell through a dimensional portal behind a Burger King into the fantastical land of Foon. He’s still getting a slight wifi signal, so he uploads a weekly podcast from the tavern the Vermilion Minotaur where he interviews wizards, monsters and adventurers. It’s a major discovery!
In this episode with Jason Mantzoukas – a Sweet Prince Vantis wakes up from a hundred year sleep. Then he freaks out.
Arnie: Arnie Niekamp
Chunt: Adal Rifai
Usidore: Matt Young
Sweet Prince Vantis: Jason Mantzoukas
Mysterious Man: Tim Sniffen

Producers: Arnie Niekamp, Matt Young, and Adal Rifai
Post-Production Coordination: Garrett Schultz
Earwolf Producer: Kimmie Lucas
Editor: Sage G.C.
Special Assistance: Ryan DiGiorgi
Magic Tavern Logo: Allard Laban
Theme Music: Andy Poland
Find us at @earwolf anywhere you listen to podcasts

July 29, 2019

With Game of Thrones over, The Boys help the Magic Tavern hosts rebrand their show.

This episode is sponsored by hims (, Harry’s (, and Indochino ( code: HANDBOOK).

July 14, 2019

Adal Rifai, Arnie Niekamp and Matt Young (Hello From the Magic Tavern) join Nick and Heather to discuss Don Bluth’s Dragon’s Lair trilogy (Dragon’s Lair, Dragon’s Lair 2 and Space Ace). They talk about the genesis of quick time events, horny animators, and more!

This episode is brought to you by BlueChew ( code: PLAYED).

July 1, 2019

Arnie Niekamp, Adal Rifai, and Matt Young (Hello From the Magic Tavern) join Jess and Zach for an all new musical packed with hammerhead sharks, sky-writing jets, coast guard officers, and more! With songs like “Who’s Ready for a Shark Attack?,” “American Shores,” and “Best Not Forget Your SPF,” this ep is the ultimate summer sing-along blockbuster!

Season 3 of Hello From The Magic Tavern begins July 22nd!

May 1, 2018

Sean and Hayes have an idea to get more listeners and it’s with ARNIE NIEKAMP, MATT YOUNG, and ADAL RIFAI from Hello From the Magic Tavern, the show and Offices and Bosses. Season 2 out now on Stitcher Premium.

This episode is sponsored by Blue Apron ( and hims (

April 24, 2018

The boys of Hello From the Magic Tavern: Adal Rifai, Arnie Niekamp and Matt Young, join Jess and Zach this week for a new musical filled with Xboxes, chicken parm, and of course, time traveling. With songs like “Piece of Peace”, “Deus EXBoxina”, and “Small Town Science”, you’ll want to keep traveling back for more!