Getting to Know: Matty Frazier

Getting To Know Tuesday November 20, 2018, 10:00am - by Magnet Theater

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Matty Frazier on a couchWhat’s your name?

Matty Frazier.

Which team or show are you on?

Family Trip.

Where are you from?

Fremont, California.

How did you get into improv/sketch comedy?

Accidentally. I initially was a musical theatre performer. I did TOO many Miss Saigons, but I was getting so tired of singing about my troubles in Vietnam. So I took an improv class at UCB in 2008 (YES, 10 Years ago) and here I am. Now I perform at every major improv comedy theatre in the city. Doing improv and sketch. It's a touch surreal because that was a goal for a long time and it really didn't hit me that I was doing it for years till recently.

How long have you been performing/writing?

Since, high school. I'm starting to get to that age where I don't want to reveal my age, so I won't say when that was. I first started in the musical, A Chorus Line. I was singing a song in the hallway after class and the drama teacher was walking by at the other end of the hall, but I didn't see her. She was like 'You have a good voice.' I blushed and started to scurry off embarrassed, but she said I should audition for the spring musical. I did. When I auditioned, it was initially for You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. I read the sides and made them laugh. That was the first time I figured out how to make a person laugh.

Who in all the world would be your ideal scene or writing partner?

My friends. It clicks with them. It would be a lie if I said anyone famous or "important." When I perform with people that I click with, it's always magic. So it doesn't really matter. In fact, I love doing scenes with people I don't know, because they keep me on my toes. They often surprise and excite me.

Who would you most like to impersonate or write for?

Lucille Ball. She's the reason I'm here. As a kid, I would stay up late Tuesday nights in the summer, because that was I Love Lucy night on Nick at Night. I would be in awe of what she could do. It would make me laugh so hard. Hell, that show still holds up.

What makes you laugh the hardest?

All my teammates and friends. That's one thing that I love to do in improv is make my teammates laugh. Dear God, if we're enjoying ourselves, then I know the audience is.

Describe the soundtrack to your life!

The universe has this weird way of bringing music into my life when I need it. The most recent song of this nature was Better Together, specifically the cover by Us the Duo. It hits my heart in that oh so good way. Or I Will by Michael Bernard Fitzgerald. I personally, love songs of longing. I was that kid that wanted so much out of life, and it followed me as an adult.

What's something you'd ask when meeting someone for the first time?

Like what's your deal?

Where can we find you on a Saturday night?

You'll find me at the theatre, or spending time with my boyfriend or eating something weird.