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Interview: Stand Up Comic Matt Braunger

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At well over six feet tall, it would be hard to miss longtime stand up comedian Matt Braunger in a crowd. The good news is, he's not trying to blend into the crowd anyway. After all, this is that one stand up who admits to having normal parents. You know, the one who goes on Letterman and spends half of his set talking about owls, then releases his stand up album Soak Up the Night on vinyl. And besides, that growing crowd was here to see him all along.

Now a mainstay in the LA stand up scene, Braunger has spent years perfecting his craft and digging in for a climb to the top. Now in his 30s, with Montreal Just For Laughs, SxSW, and a Comedy Central special behind him, it seems inevitable that much of Matt's future will be spent head and shoulders above the rest. LAist was fortunate enough to sit down with Braunger (or, rather, cower behind a food truck inside a Culver City parking lot) for a few questions.

LAist: So you grew up in Portland, went to college outside of New York City, lived in Chicago and moved to LA. Which city wins?

Matt Braunger: In terms of livability, I’d say Portland wins, but there’s no way to make a living at what I do there. There’s two comedy clubs now, but still...no. Overall, it’s a close tie with Chicago, though. And I really do enjoy living in LA, I really like it here a lot. So to answer your question: all of them. (laughs) That’s a vague, bullshit thing to say.