Yesterday, comedian Matt Rife announced his tour schedule for the rest of the year and beyond. If you have been living under a rock, Matt Rife is the rising star of comedy right now. Everywhere I travel, comedy clubs talk about how quick he was selling out tickets and how loyal his fan base is. One club told me the page where his ticket link was listed (and sold out months ago), still gets more hits than any other page in the history of the comedy club! People hoping tickets magically appear, I guess.
In the comedy world, this schedule was big news. So many comedians attacking Matt or complaining about his tour to his ticket costs. It was really sad. To begin with, Matt is very funny and very good looking. HIs fan base is largely woman, young and old who fawn over his great looks and his very funny set. I have worked with him a few times and can also attest that he is very nice and grounded. The attacks on him are 100% unwarranted. He is selling out comedy clubs and, like the natural transformation for a rising comedy star, is now going to sell out stadiums. Why this would be upsetting to comedians is beyond me. If anything, it should be inspiring. We should be proud of a comedian, a good one, getting his due. I am rooting for him.
Matt once tweeted, rightfully complaining about drunk hecklers in Chicago who were at his shows to stare at his beauty in lieu of his jokes and taking tickets away from real fans. I jokingly complained that I has the same problem when I re-tweeted him and then was worried he would think I was poking fun. I was even going to DM him to make sure he know I was kidding. Before I could, he re-tweeted my tweet with an even funnier response (see below). Go see him live. #comedy #positivevibes #formerlawyer #standup
Paul Farahvar is a comedian hailing from Chicago, Ill.
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