DCF2017: Matt Stofsky

Matt Stofsky
Matt Stofsky

Matt Stofsky is a Brooklyn-based writer and comedian as well as a Tufts graduate. Triple threat alert! Matt’s writing and sketch work have been featured on McSweeney's, College Humor, and MTVU. Some of Matt’s pieces include a look into what it’s like for a music critic to review his ex-wife’s new solo album and a reveal of the annoying questions Noah had to deal with before his Ark set sail.

How did you get your start in comedy?

I got my start in "comedy" giving my high school's graduation speech. I got some laughs and thought, like the delusional fool I am, "Hey, maybe I can make a career of this."

What qualities do other comedians have that you admire?

Qualities other comics have that I admire: Ability to adapt to a tough situation (e.g., a bad table/heckler) and also the ability to change your material on the fly.

How do you come up with new material?

To generate new material, sometimes I'll sit down with a pad and say, OK, today I am WRITING COMEDY, but mostly I just try to live with my eyes open and my brain on and process what's funny around me and to me.

What is your favorite event in history and why?

Favorite historical event: Big fan of the Battle of Hastings. 1066 seems like an interesting year.

Cake or pie?

Both if possible, but gun to my head, cake.

Are you looking forward to doing anything specific while you're in Dallas?

Big thing to do in Dallas: BBQ.

Matt asks himself an introspective question about life:

Why do I do this? Am I damaged? I don't THINK I'm damaged. I genuinely love making people laugh. There's no better feeling than helping someone get over a hard day by making them laugh. Also, I'm an only child.

Matt performs at the 2017 Dallas Comedy Festival on Wednesday, March 22, with Lily Callaway, Son Tran, Ashlee Voorsanger, and Cat Wagner; and Thursday, March 23, with Shahyan Jahani, Brandan Jordan, and Cat Wagner. 

Anthony Salerno is from Buffalo, New York. He is a current DCH student and performs with Ewing Troupe: Clementine. When he’s not working at Improv or his day job, he's trying to talk himself out of buying Uncrustables at the grocery store.