Matt Knudsen (Kah-nood-son) was born in Hawaii, raised in the Mid-west and sailed around the world as a merchant marine. After trips to Africa, Europe and The Far East, he eventually put down his sea bag, picked up a microphone and began performing stand up comedy all across the country.
As an actor, you may have seen Matt share the big screen with Oscar winner Sean Penn in the Warner Brothers feature Gangster Squad or you may also recognize him from his appearances in shows like Key and Peele, Workaholics, The League, Big Love, Boston Legal or Malcolm in the Middle just to name a few. Matt’s also been a part of several high profile commercial campaigns for Volkswagen, DirecTV, Pepsi, Apple, GE and others; which have aired during the Superbowl and The Olympics.
As a stand up, he’s appeared on Conan, The Late Late Show, Last Call, ASX Live and Comics Unleashed as well as several festivals, including The San Francisco Sketchfest, Bridgetown, Limestone, High Plains, Laughing Skull, Big Sky, and the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal; where he was named a “Best of the Fest.”
His critically acclaimed albums The Comedy Stylings of Matt Knudsen and American are top downloads on iTunes, heard regularly on SiriusXM radio and “Mix droll observation with a dry, almost hypnotic delivery,” (The Onion A.V. Club); and with Knudsen’s unique style, “The personal feels universal, and the universal feels personal. The only explanation for this phenomenon is that it's all finely crafted comedy from a strong central voice…a great stand up album.” (The Huffington Post)
Matt’s Charities: St. Jude Children’s Hospital, The Special Olympics, Think Cure, The American Red Cross, Step Up on Second, The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica
The Comedy Stylings of Matt Knudsen