Raised a proud Razorback in Little Rock, Arkansas, Matt Besser attended Amherst College where he learned how to collect CDs. After graduating, Matt toured the Midwest doing stand-up, while taking improvisation direction from Del Close at Chicago's Improv Olympic Theater.
In Chicago in 1991, he became a founding member of the sketch group Upright Citizens Brigade, and with them he has performed and written stage productions including "Virtual Reality", "UCBTV", "Conference on the Future of Happiness", "Thunderball", "Bucket of Truth", "Big Dirty Hands", "Punch Your Friend in the Face", "The Real Real World", "That's F'd Up!", "Saigon Suicide Squad" (winner of Best Sketch at 1996 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen), and currently in "The Funny Show".
In 1996 the UCB moved to NYC and produced their sketch show "Upright Citizens Brigade" for three seasons ('98 2000) on Comedy Central.
Soon after the success of the tv show the UCB opened their own comedy theater and improv school which operates in NYC, and most recently the UCB have expanded to open another theater in LA.
After the UCB tv show , Matt teamed up with Method Man & Redman to create and perform in a hidden camera show on MTV called "Stung". He was a co-creator and star of "Crossballs" which ran 23 episodes on Comedy Central.
He has directed stage productions including "Feature Feature", "Immortal Combat", "Sidecarrin'" (1998 U.S.C.A.F), and Todd Barry in "Icky" (2001 U.S.C.A.F).
Besser's one-man shows include: "How Much I Lied", "May I Help You Dumbass?", "Don't Be A Dick", and "RUhi?". As a stand-up, he participated in the first USCAF. His most recent one-man show is called "Woo Pig Sooie!" and concerns his battles with God.
As an improviser he was a member of Chicago's "The Family" and is forever a member of "Asssscat" the longest running and greatest improv show in the history of the world.
In fall of 2005 the UCB premiered their improv show "Asssscat: Improv" on Bravo. More new Asssscats on DVD will soon be released on the UCB label.
Besser has guest starred on "Help Me Help You", "Pilot Season", "Reno 911", "Stacked", "Bernie Mac Show", "Frasier", "America Dad", "Watching Ellie", "Spin City", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", "Jimmy Kimmel Show", "Late Friday", "Weekends at the DL", and featured in the movies "The TV Set", and Sundance Film Festival favorite "Junebug".