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A Matt Walsh (not THAT Matt Walsh) Appreciation Guide

By Victoria McNally | Celebrity | March 30, 2017 | Comments ()

By Victoria McNally | Celebrity | March 30, 2017 |


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If you tend to hang out around a certain corner of the internet, then today you’ve probably noticed a lot of people discussing whether married people can having meaningful friends of other genders without wanting to dry-hump them the first time they’re alone together. Some, like Vice President Mike Pence< and this dumb conservative writer nobody cares about, think that married men should never be alone with women who are not their wives. Others, like those of us who treat women as people, and also know they sometimes have to be alone with men for practical reasons like career networking and foreign diplomacy matters, think this is ridiculous.

I call one of my examples “Dumb Conservative Writer” because I don’t feel like giving him more attention than necessary, given that he’s about to publish a book about how men and women cannot be friends, and is definitely trying to get a rise out of people on Twitter to sell copies to the idiots who agree with him. So instead, I’m going to highlight a person who has the exact same name as him and who happens to be a very talented and hilarious comedic actor who (I hope!) would never

That dude’s name: Matt Walsh.

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Matt Walsh is most notable for being a founding member of the Upright Citizen’s Brigade alongside Matt Besser, Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Adam McKay, Rick Roman, Horatio Sanz and Drew Franklin. Later, he, Besser, Poehler and Roberts founded a theater with the same name as their improvisational group, which now has several locations in New York and Chelsea and is one of the leading schools for sketch and improv comedy training.

You will notice that there is only one female name in that list and that it is Amy Poehler, so already, there’s proof that this Matt Walsh is cool working in a professional environment with a woman, whom everyone completely and rightfully adores, without anything funny happening. I mean, she was dating Matt Besser when she first joined the group, so I’m assuming nothing funny happened. But even if it did, who cares! They’re all still friends!

Walsh has also appeared in a number of sitcoms and movies; you might have seen him as a recurring character on Reno: 911, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, or many other shows that don’t have numbers in the title. If you’re a hardcore fan of Parks and Recreation, you might remember him as the guy who runs the Emergency Response test that directly leads to Leslie and Ben getting married early in the fifth season.

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But probably the way most people know him now is due to his regular role on Veep as (former) Director Of Communications For the Vice President and (also former) White House Press Secretary Mike Mclintock. Here are some small samplings of his genius from season one:

Or this moment, which is possibly his best and most relatable of the whole series thus far:

While we’re at it, here’s him being completely incompetent as a press secretary before Sean Spicer made that cool:

And here another video of him being a better press secretary than Sean Spicer with made-up sports stories he’s hearing for the first time, because he is an improv champion:

Also, check out his tweets! They’re adorable and hilarious and full of lo-res selfies, and the only bad things about them is that sometimes he doesn’t know how to spell so well.

GRANDMA FOOTSIE. What a legend.

Certainly, if any Matt Walsh deserves to be a household name, it is this one. And yet, the other one shows up more in the first page of results when you google “Matt Walsh.” It’s about we time we fix that together, America! Let’s be the change we all want to see in the world. After all, we’re pretty sure the comedian Matt Walsh would never say the kinds of shitty stuff that shitty-Matt-Walsh says — even if we get a little worried at first every time we see that other jerk’s tweets go viral.

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