I heard a quote once that an elderly lady said. It stuck with me, because it was just a very true statement. It is weird how a small phrases, be it from a book, movie, song or just real life can just stick with you and help you in those times of trouble. This lady’s quote was simple, yet direct. With her words, she completely changed an entire generation. I will probably never have control over the American public school system, but if I did, this quote would be a very vital part of any history class that talks about the 1980’s. This lady, Clara Peller, changed the world on January 10th, 1984, by asking, “Where’s the Beef?” Although we still haven’t found the beef…at least we are all still looking for it. And that is a thing that we can never change. Enjoy this comedy interview with Matteo Lane!
Riggs: How are you?
Lane: I’m doing fine. I need to get laid, but besides that i’m doing alright.
Riggs: If you could, how would you plan your own funeral?
Lane: I would turn it into a karaoke party, and make sure everyone is well fed.
Riggs: Corn: Canned or Fresh?
Riggs: What is the thing (tv show, comedian, person etc.) that gave you the idea to start comedy?
Lane: My first CD was an Ellen stand up sepcial, but Joan Rivers gave me the “bug”. I know I’m gay and thats a stereotypical answer, but I don’t care. It’s true.
Riggs: If you could have dinner with any historical figure, what would you suggest as an appetizer?
Lane: Maria Callas, and I would eat caprese salad with her. She’s the greatest artist to ever live. Period.
Riggs: How many surgeries have you had?
Lane: None, does that make me boring?
Riggs: What are your four favorite state capitals (lower 48)? Please don’t say why.
Lane: Springfield and Sacramento, and thats all you’ll get because thats all I know.
Riggs: 5 words or less…explain religion.
Lane: Human made-morality is self-evident. (I tried to make “self-evident one word”)
Riggs: What are you most proud of in the world?
Lane: My cousin Brian, and my whistle notes
Riggs: Any final thoughts? (Although none of your words will be edited, do know that if you do not include nice words about me, I will add them in for you…fyi, my version of you will be very complimentary of me)
Lane: I love Matt Riggs. I’m obsessed with the Egyptian Pyramids and how they were built. But also, I love Chicago Comedy. Even though I am now a “New Yorker”, I find myself watching clips of Chicago Comedians all the time. I am so grateful that I came from such a talented, and loving community. I love Chicago.
Matt Riggs grew up in rural Indiana and barely attended Indiana University. After his dreams of working at an amusement park for the rest of his life were squelched, he headed to Chicago to try comedy. He can be seen in shows all over the Midwest and is a cast member of Chicago Underground Comedy. He participated in the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Chicago Women’s Funny Festival, The Limestone Comedy Festival 2014 and the 2013 TBS Just for Laughs Chicago. He has a weekly podcast called Bad News/Good Timing on iTunes. When he is not trying to think of things that people might want to read on his bio, he is enjoying a nice podcast or perhaps inventing a new food made with mostly hot dogs.