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Rising Comedy Star Matt Rife

Full Name: Matthew Rife
Age: 28 years old (Born September 10, 1995)
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Occupation: Comedian, Actor
Years active: 2015-present
Notable works: Wild ‘N Out, OnlyFans, Vacation, American Vandal
Social media: Instagram, Twitter

As a long-time fan of comedy, I‘m excited to see the rise of Matt Rife as one of the most talented young comedians today. Though Rife is only in his late 20s, he has already accomplished so much as an actor and stand-up comic. Let‘s take a closer look at this hilarious rising star.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Matthew "Matt" Rife was born on September 10, 1995 in Columbus, Ohio where he grew up with his siblings. From an early age, Rife displayed a knack for making people laugh. In high school, he started honing his comedic skills by performing at local clubs and open mic events.

After graduating in 2014, Rife wasted no time pursuing his dreams of stardom. He moved out to Los Angeles where he hit the ground running booking small TV and film roles. Rife‘s charisma and wit made him a casting favorite for young comedic parts.

Breakout Success on MTV‘s Wild ‘N Out

In 2016, Rife got his big break as a regular cast member on seasons 9 and 10 of Wild ‘N Out on MTV. On the popular improv show, Rife quickly won over audiences with his talents for roasting, diss battles, and off-the-cuff humor.

During two hilarious seasons filled with viral moments, Rife proved he could hold his own with the show‘s talented ensemble. His skills were also noticed by celebrity guests like Kevin Hart, T-Pain, and Karrueche Tran who he roasted mercilessly.

Rife‘s success on Wild ‘N Out marked him as a rising comedy force to watch. It was a springboard for pursuing new projects across TV, film, and stand-up.

Endearing Stand-up Comedy Style

Though acting came early, stand-up comedy has always been Matt Rife‘s first love. He continues to tour the country performing his comedy routines for sold-out crowds.

Rife‘s onstage persona is conversational, candid, and downright funny. He riffs seamlessly on dating failures, hometown memories, oddball encounters and more. Crowds are drawn in by Rife‘s laidback charm and witty takes on everyday awkwardness.

Some recent stand-out routines include:

  • His bit about falling into a porta potty while drunk as a teen.
  • An impression of his intimidating Middle School gym coach.
  • A story about a painfully bad first date at Applebee‘s.

Rife‘s ability to find humor in common experiences is a gift. He‘s an engaging storyteller who leaves audiences in stitches.

Scene-Stealing Acting Roles

Matt Rife has also showcased stellar acting abilities across film and television. Early on, he landed laughs as the sarcastic cousin in 2015‘s Vacation starring Ed Helms. Other movie parts included:

  • The Honor Farm (2017)
  • Brother Nature (2016)

On TV, Rife has shined in guest appearances on shows like:

  • Lethal Weapon
  • Fresh Off the Boat
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine

One stand-out role was as scene-stealing high school A/V expert Kevin McClain in the acclaimed mockumentary American Vandal. Throughout his varied acting gigs, Rife displays impeccable comedic timing and charisma. Fans hope to see him land more leading film and television parts soon.

Podcasting Success and Social Media Presence

When he‘s not touring or filming, Rife keeps busy with side projects like podcasting. He co-hosts the popular weekly show Talentless with fellow comedian Chris Estrada. On the hilarious podcast, the duo banters on pop culture, sports, and embarrassing personal anecdotes.

Rife also has a massive social media presence with over 1 million Instagram followers. His feeds give fans a glimpse at his travels and life offstage through irreverent jokes and amusing commentary. The accounts showcase Rife‘s natural humor and quick wit 24/7.

Breakthrough with Comedy Central Special

In 2021, Matt Rife hit a new career high point with his first major stand-up special OnlyFans. Filmed at the Hollywood Improv, Rife displayed his A-game stand-up for a full hour of laughs.

The smartly-written special covered dating, relationships, diversity in casting, and more. OnlyFans aired on Comedy Central and marked an exciting milestone in Rife‘s rising stardom. As a long-time fan, it was incredible seeing his talents spotlighted in such a huge way!

The Future is Bright for Matt Rife

It‘s been so exciting following the rapid rise of this talented young comedian. At just 28, Matt Rife has already accomplished incredible career feats across acting and stand-up. He has all the makings of a major comedy force like his idols Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock.

With Rife‘s visibility and fanbase growing every day, the future looks incredibly bright. I can‘t wait to see what hilarious projects he takes on next on the road, television, film and streaming. One thing is for sure – Matt Rife is a star to watch now and for years to come!