You often hear music buffs marveling at the enormous number of bands and musical artists spawned by the Austin local
scene--it is impressive, and if this were a music club, we'd
probably address this phenomenon in gushing terms and excruciating
detail. But this is a comedy club, so I hope it's okay if we
instead speak of a similar, if less splashy scenario: The Austin
comedy scene has likewise produced some uniquely gifted and highly
successful funny folks--Johnny Hardwick (voice of "King Of
The Hill's" Dale and former writer-producer on that show)
and Howard Kremer and Brad "Chip" Pope (stars of "Austin
Stories," co-writers of various HBO & other network pilots
and shows) come quickly to mind.
Matt Sadler is clearly another comedian who will extend the Austin tradition of local boys (& girls) making very good. Matt has lived in Austin for more than a dozen years (given the steady influx of artistic types who move here, this practically makes him a native), and took his first steps into professional joke-telling right here in Austin. After a number of years of very hard work--honing the performance, steadily writing new material, hitting the road to further develop his craft--he's now a seasoned pro, with a slew of credits and accomplishments to do Austin proud. Examples? What is it with you pushy people? OK, keep your shirt on, I'll give you examples--don't I always?
Heck, as far back as the late '90s--OK, very late: 1999--he was distinguishing himself locally and demonstrating he could play in the big leagues, when HBO conducted a talent search that drew more than 100 comedians, Matt was selected the best of the bunch, and flown out to Hollywood to hold forth there at the Improv. More recently, in 2005 to be exact, that experience was echoed somewhat during the Carnival Comedy Challenge--about 75 comics were vying in that contest, and if you've already figured out Matt took first place here, too, you're starting to get the hang of this--and damn near as sharp as Matt is, if you don't mind me saying so. (Even if you do.) So it probably goes without saying there are plenty of other triumphs in Matt's career dossier. For instance, beyond the more obvious and expected crisscrossing of these United States to develop his skill and experience, he's also toured overseas, performing for the military in the Middle East and Asia, his TV credits include the aforementioned "Austin Stories," he's a very funny man and did I mention that he's an Austinite?
Come out this week and support one of our own.