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Matt Braunger

Matt Braunger is the featured comedian Saturday in the latest edition of Corvallis Comedy Night. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre. 

Matt Braunger shares lots of personal stories on stage, most of which involve stupid things he's done.

The comedian and actor will perform new material Saturday when his "Please Hold Me" tour stops at the Majestic Theatre for Corvallis Comedy Night. JoAnn Schinderle, a Los Angeles-based comic and Portland native, will open the second year standup series, launched by mid-valley residents Dusty Smith and Rachel Elsasser.

Promotions for the show have suggested "Even if you've never seen Matt Braunger, you've seen Matt Braunger," and he certainly understands that.

Braunger said he is often asked by people "Where do I know you from?"

"I had a special on Comedy Central and one on Netflix, and I've also done a bunch of different guest roles on TV shows," he said.

"I had a guy hug me in a mall once that I had never met," he added.

After the case of mistaken identity, the man finally realized that he had recognized Braunger from "Chelsea Lately."

Braunger's had recurring roles on "Agent Carter," Netflix's "Disjointed," and the Starz series "Take My Wife," as well as several appearances on TV since 2007.

He said he has recently filmed a couple of guest roles, including a part on the next season of "Fuller House" on Netflix, along with some projects that are in development.

"I'm definitely not the best actor, but if you need to cast a dumb cop or a husband who doesn't know what he's doing, I'm your man," Braunger said.

His repertoire also includes a podcast, which he said is a natural progression of his standup act. Listeners can call and leave him messages seeking his guidance on any topic they choose.

It's called "Advice From a Dips--t with Matt Braunger."

He said the podcast is like if Dear Abby made a ton of dumb mistakes and were learning from those things.

"I'll just go back in my past and go 'Ok here's what I did wrong,'" Braunger said. "It's almost like Dear Dips--t Abby for Millennials."

Braunger, who grew up in Portland, said he became interested in comedy "when I was an attention-hoarding only child listening to the George Carlin records my parents would play me, and trying and failing to crack jokes."

As a kid, he enjoyed performing in plays, which led him to study theatre at Manhattanville College in New York. After earning a bachelor's degree, Braunger moved to Chicago in 1996 to pursue a career in comedy.

"It wasn't until I was out of college and living in Chicago that I was (thinking) 'Oh this is something I can do that I'm actually good at,'" he said.

Braunger took improv classes and began to perform at open mics.

"That is where I fell in with all the yahoos I started with that are now these big names, like Kumail Nanjiani, Pete Holmes, and the list goes on," he said.

"There was this one comedy club in town, and they would never really let us go up. So, we would just throw our shows in bars, and it was kind of like no pressure. We all developed our own styles. It was great," Braunger said.

He broke onto the national scene with appearances on a Comedy Central show called "Live at Gotham," and was a cast regular during the final season (2007-08) of "MadTV."

Braunger also performed on the "Late Show with David Letterman," which he called the "high mark" of the three opportunities.

"He (Letterman) was just someone I grew up loving and everyone who went on the show. And I was the last guest of 2008. I had a great set," Braunger said.

Portland has always remained close to Braunger, who now lives in Los Angeles. He said he and his wife go back every chance they can to visit his parents and relatives.

Braunger co-founded Portland's Bridgetown Comedy Festival in 2007 with his friend Andy Wood. He has performed at the annual festival, which he said is currently on hiatus, every year except once.

"It's one of the things I'm most proud of to bring all of these acts back to Oregon," Braunger said.

The comic self-produced his next comedy special and album, "Finally Live in Portland," in 2017 at the last Bridgetown Comedy Festival. It will be released in early 2019.

Braunger will record another comedy album from the "Please Hold Me" tour on New Year's Eve in Burlington, Vermont with some of the same material he plans to perform in Corvallis.

"The great thing about this tour is I'm mostly playing nontraditional comedy venues. One show and done, which makes it really special," he said.

Braunger, who has been to Corvallis many times but never to perform comedy, said he is probably more excited than the audience to share his newest hour with them.

"They can expect a few stories, some buffoonery, and everything I'm kind of known for," he said.

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