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So super grateful to share with you that last month I got to film a role on one of my fave HBO shows of late. I don't want to give anything away but I can say that I had the best time working on this project. I got to collaborate with artists whose work I have long admired and everyone on set made me feel so welcome! It was the best way to start off this year! I really cannot wait to be able to tell you more. In the meantime here is a redacted BTS photo of me in my trailer. And just in case please don't let anyone know that I am wearing stripes. It would be my greatest nightmare to give away anything about the show and I feel bad enough letting you know I am wearing stripes. ;) But safe to say this was the coolest role! More info to come soon!
I am so excited to let you know I was on Season 1, Episode 3 of ABC's Awesome New Show "Stumptown" based on the Greg Rucka comic book of the same name. The episode is called "Rip City Dicks" and I play my favorite character name of all time Danny Dongelberg! I read this comic book when it came out, and was super excited when they made the perfect casting choice of Cobie Smulders in the lead role. So you can't even imagine how stoked I was to be able to work with her on this project!! Such a great show. Check it out now (find out more about the show by clicking this pic of me from the show [which they featured in the This Season Promo that aired with the pilot!!!]) If you love Detective Shows, amazing soundtracks, great casts, great writing, great action, and shows that get killer critic reviews --it's Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomoatoes) then this show is for you!!
Plus Check out my clips from the show in my new demo reel below!!
TCL Chinese 6 Theatres. Tix go on sale 6/24 to the general public.
I have always been a fan of socially relevant films that examine the human condition, and I am honored to have a supporting role in this beautiful film from Anthony Meindl, acclaimed filmmaker and acting teacher, who I also had the pleasure of studying with. This film is full of incredible dialogue and performances, and truly needs to be seen in a world plauged by increasing tragedies involving gun violence.
One of the favorite projects I have ever been a part of - this beautiful and haunting episodic pilot follows the lives of a town reeling after an a tragic school shooting. Produced by HBO as part of the HBO Access program and directed by the incredible Ryan Zaragoza, and written by the superlative duo of Bryce Ahart and Stephanie McFarlane, all three HBO Access participants and all three destined to become household names you will hear of because of their incredible talents. It was an honor to be able to work them and join everyone for the premiere in Austin, Texas at the 2019 South By Southwest Film Festival (Be sure to check out my instagram feed for all the fun!)
In March 2019, a film I starred in called Free Ride made by Yi Qu, a wonderful director who told a hilariously dark Coen Brothers-esque comedy won the Best Indie Short Film Award at the Los Angeles Film Awards.
Coming soon: Did you like Escape Room the thrilling movie? Well this is nothing like that because this is real terror. Can't wait to show you this comedy sketch I wrote, directed, and starred in with my great friends, Alexis Martino (from Stupid Cupid up above!), Wandalese Miranda, Hormoz Rashidi, and Angela Guison and my little girl, Dakota Brown, the cutest pup aroun'!
Here are some clips of Matthew Siegan's acting work, including his work on the hit ABC show "Stumptown" (with Cobie Smulders), HBO's "Sterling", and the feature film "Where We Go From Here."
Here are some clips of Matt's comedic acting work, including on the Netflix's "Flaked" (with Will Arnett), followed by a clip of his Stand Up Comedy.
Catch Matthew this October on the new show Stumptown opposite Cobie Smulders. In addition, Matt is the star of the new films Stupid Cupid and Free Ride, both which are starting their festival runs. He also completed supporting roles in the HBO Access pilot Sterling which premiered in competition at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival as well as the upcoming film Where We Go From Here, which just screened as part of the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. He has co-starred in Flaked with star Will Arnett on Netflix and in the NBC SeeSo show Hidden America with Jonah Ray. Matt (it's ok he goes by both) is also a stand up comedian who has performed all over the worl
Thank you for asking!
Feel free to call me Matt or Matthew.
Some people call me Matty, or Siegan.
From Jr High on, I had the nickname Hawk from my time running Cross-Country, and for some unknown reason, a group of friends calls me The Diegan (rhymes with Siegan, means absolutely nothing).
I also respond to "You", and have been known to turn my head toward anyone saying a word that sounds like Matt (i.e. That, Hat, Gnat--don't hear that one much, but it's happened.)
I was born in Chicago, IL and was raised there to become a huge Chicago Cubs and Bulls fan.
I even heard my first swearword at a Bulls game (with Michael Jordan playing!) against the Milwaukee Bucks and the fans behind a First-Grader-Me yelled "Bulls***!"
This is what I consider to be my entry into the hilarious world of comedy!
I blame Return of the Jedi and Back to the Future as the two movie-going experiences that made me really want to be an actor. I wanted to time travel, sword fight, and more. So , I started playing a game I invented called TV Network , which is where I would pretend to be the star of different kinds of shows all day long (a pirate for an hour, a talk-show host for another hour, then Magnum P.I., of course*)
*Though technically at that time, I was only old enough to stay up for the opening music sequence, but that was all I needed.
Bonus: I became a life-long sci-fi nerd.
I am a goofball with a heart of gold. Being pretty silly by nature, I love doing comedy but I also have really enjoyed being able to stretch my dramatic muscles recently.
A few things you might not guess about me.
I have always loved to laugh and make others laugh! From telling jokes at family gatherings, to studying at the Second City Chicago High School Program, where I ultimately interned while Rachel Dratch and Horatio Sanz were onstage. One of my favorite tasks was putting together clips of their work onstage (editing on VHS) for their SNL Auditions)
And in 2011 I ventured into writing and performing stand up comedy. I have performed all over the world. Some of my favorite sets have been at the World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood (you can listen to that set here) as well as at the Comedy Mix in Vancouver, and in Paris, where I performed at The New York Comedy Night In Paris Halloween show dressed as Captain Kirk.
(If that surprises you, see the sci fi note above)
I was raised with my older brother, Brad, who was born with a genetic disorder called Prader-Willi Syndrome.
Brad is the best - best fan, best brother, best hugger. It's my dream for him to see me on TV.
But the experience also taught me about the vast spectrum of differences under the umbrella of what we call "normal" and that is ultimately why I wanted to become an artist - to connect people through a better understanding of each other's different experiences.
I have also always loved to support and volunteer for organizations that help those with disabilities, including the Special Olympics and Shane's Inspiration, dating all the way back to when I became my brother's unofficial coach, pictured above.
As a performer, we have all had to hold down odd jobs here and there, and for me, one of those jobs was as a pet photographer.
I was lucky enough to be able to work all over the country, including being flown to Hawaii where I photographed a pig in a dress.
At the time, I had a pet of my own, the coolest bunny in the world, Cottonwood (That's him up above). I always said he was like a puppy that never barked.. He loved watching Lost with me (Because there was a time traveling bunny in that show and we're both hardcore sci-fi fans.)
In addition to performing as an actor and comedian, I have made sketches with my friends at Indoor Soccer Shoes.
Here are a couple of my faves:
I also wrote and starred in a web series based on a character I created called Stripper Cop. Real Stripper. Fake Cop. Real Cases.
(Fair warning: This is a little not safe for work -- there are innuendos aplenyt and I may or may not appear in a banana hammock.)
This is an endless question. Which is the best Dakota? North Dakota? South Dakota? Dakota Johnson? Well, I happened to discover this gem of a Dakota: Dakota Brown, who I adopted from the North Central Los Angeles Shelter. Just look a that one floppy ear. And that nose. She was truly the dog for me--she was even born on May 4 aka Star Wars Day aka May the Fourth Be With You Day! If there was a survey that asks would you recommend adopting a dog to your friends, I would say I would highly recommend it! That's it, that's my spiel - no Sarah McLachlan.
Blueberries. All Day Everyday! I know it's a weird answer but think about it. They're great in everything. Great in pancakes, great in smoothies, great in pies, great in your mouth. And there's like antioxidants or some such too.