Matthew Clark hosts and produces the monthly video sketch show Show Your Shortz at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank. His screenplay Rodeo Driver, was nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2011 Beverly Hills Film Festival. He produces the web-series The Watering Hole: here is a link to his website:
Q: What made you interested in sketch comedy?
A:For me, it’s always been a natural feeling so it really came to me organically.
Q: What inspired you to start Show Your Shortz?
A:I didn’t create Show Your Shortz but I took over the show for someone. The show’
s format is right up my alley and I was able to bring something new to it and give it the respect it deserves.
Q: What do you think are the ingredients for a good comedy sketch?
A:Hard work, original content. Creative writing.
Q: Who are some of your comedic influences?
A:Jim Carrey, Steve Martin, Mike Myers
Q: Why do you think The Watering Hole is so popular?
A: I think initially it became very popular because it was a subject (racism) a lot of people didn’t want to touch but was done in such an hilarious way double meanings and non-sequitars that the brilliant writing of The Watering Hole really spoke to people in a way they could relate to.
Q: What kind of day job (or income source) do you have and how does it influence your creative work?
A:I have a 9-5 job and it basically kills all creativity I have so it’s up to me to work on my craft under the radar at work and keep it alive by igniting it when I am not at work.
Q: What is Rodeo Driver about?
A:A comedy; classified, and will be hilarious.
Q: What is your oddest work story?
A: I wrote one two weeks ago about an old time filler station, some weird accents and a desert. I must have been on the drink.
Q: What do you like about Burbank?
A:Clean town overall and lots to do.
Q: What would you change about it?
A: I don’t actually live in Burbank so I can’t answer that honestly.
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