Welcome! My guest today has been a friend of mine in the fair industry for over 15 years. I’ve always been intrigued at the way Matt Baker dissects and analyzes his performance after every show. He never lacks the discipline and determination to improve his craft. His comedy stunt show is funny, original, and very impressive. Join me for a great conversation with Matt!
What you’ll hear in this episode:
- From Eugene, Oregon to Western Samoa to Europe
- Performing in schools and then on the streets
- Matt’s challenges at being raised as a conservative Mormon in a hippie town
- Rebellion, drugs, and living out of control
- Matt’s terrifying experience at wilderness camp
- Living on the streets at age 15
- How Matt was hunted down by a bounty hunter—for REAL!!
- How Matt became a professional hacky-sack player in Europe—(yes, there is such a thing)
- Why Matt hates his shows and says they are horrible!
- Matt’s struggle in the development of his show
- Matt’s worst gig ever? A track and field meet in Midland, TX, and the death of many doves
- Why it’s OK to say NO
- Why Matt lives with purpose and with NO regrets
- A big fear? “Am I making an impact?”
- How Matt is inspired by old vaudeville comedians, Steve Martin, and the Smothers Brothers
- Matt’s favorite books? Born Standing Up by Steve Martin and Fields for President by W.C. Fields
- Matt’s advice for young people entering the fair industry? “Practice your craft and be a student of your craft. Study others who are successful, but don’t steal their material. Find out why they are successful. Don’t be afraid of practicing. Continually create.”
- Find out more about Matt at comedystuntshow.com.
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