The Bocchetti Files features comedian Mike Bocchetti talking one-on-one with his friends and fellow comedians about whatever crosses his mind. For his first interview he spoke with Dave Hill. Since then he’s interviewed Alec Sulkin, Colin Quinn and “Stuttering” John Melendez. This week, Mike talked with actor, comedian, writer, director, and founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade, Matt Walsh. Walsh is beloved in his role as Mike McLintock on Veep, was a correspondent on The Daily Show, he’s had roles in a list of classic comedy movies and just finished directing his second feature film, A Better You. Mike met Matt in 1997 through Matt’s roommate Johnny Spanish and they became friends. Matt helped Mike do his own shows at UCB East, and more recently UCB Sunset. Bocchetti chose Matt as the next guest in this series because “Matt is a major risk taker, a pioneer in NYC improv, and I just love the UCB. Matt is a great talent and super generous.”
Mike Bocchetti: Okay, how long have you been performing improv?
Matt Walsh: I started doing improv in 1987, when I was a senior in college. Classes were at a place called Players Workshop in Chicago. So as of today that about 28 years on and off. I took a few breaks.
Mike Bocchetti: Was there anyone you ever worked with that blew you away– that you knew would be a Belushi, Gilda or Chris Farley sized talent?
Matt Walsh: Someone who blew me away the first time I saw them perform, maybe Andy Daly is an example of that. Usually the great improvisers I would be hearing a lot about them before I saw them perform.
Mike Bocchetti: Matt I know you’re one of the best and funniest people in America. Have you ever done any very dramatic roles and if you haven’t would you like to do them?
Matt Walsh: I enjoy doing drama, it’s a challenge and a different muscle. I recently played a storm chaser in a movie, that was dramatic, plus I got to do stunts which I’m always up for.
Mike Bocchetti: Matt how long has the UCB been in existence with you Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts and Matt Besser?
Matt Walsh: The UCB four have been together since 1994 in Chicago. We moved to nyc in 1996.
Mike Bocchetti: I remember your TV show on Comedy Central. I did some stuff with you guys back then. Would you guys do another show with you Amy Ian and Matt again for TV?
Matt Walsh: I would love to do another tv show with Ian, Amy and Matt. It would be a blast but it would probably have to be slower comedy because we are older.
Mike Bocchetti: Matt, has political correctness changed your comedy or the way that some of your teachers in New York and Los Angeles teach their classes?
Matt Walsh: Political correctness hasn’t ruined my improv. I still have fun and feel pretty free in terms of subject matter. Improv audiences seem willing to go to weird or dark places as long as it’s funny.
You have always been a major risk taker thanks so so much Matt.