It’s summer, and there’s a new not-to-miss night every Sunday at the best microbrewery in Atlantic Canada. It’s called Matturday Wright Live. All July long, starting this Sunday at Yellow Belly, local comedian and podcaster Matt Wright (Just For Laughs, This Hour Has 22 Minutes) will host a 2-hour variety show of stand-up and sketch comedy alongside a musical guest.
Each week will feature a different lineup of locals, announced the week of the show. The first edition, this Sunday the 10th, will feature Steve Coombs, Mike Lynch, Stephen Payette, and Nicole Downton, with musical guest Len O’Neill (of Green and Gold).
“We’re doing two sketches this week,” Wright says. “A family feud parody with a Newfoundlander and something about the Superbowl that I’ll ruin if I tell you anything else about it. And then an improv set.”
“Len O’Neill is the musical guest this week. Obviously Green and Gold’s new album is awesome. They’re one of my favourite bands. Every week has new lineups and guests so every show is different and it’s fun for me to work with so many people. Great to be home.”
The shows are 8 pm every Sunday in July. It’s $10 to get in.
Wright has Been Busy writing sketches himself, for THis Hour Has 22 Minutes:
“Two thirds” sketch co-written with Heidi Brander and “Cialis Ad” co-written with Adam Christie.
Like a lot of us, Wright “grew up watching SNL, Conan, and This Hour Has 22 Minutes. Conan especially. Never missed it.” He names Andy Samberg as his favourite SNL cast member, simply because “he’s the best.”
But Wright’s favourite sketches are “the Stefan bits Bill Hader did. John Mulaney is maybe my favorite comedian now and he wrote them – and he went on Seth Meyers’ show and talked about how he used to rewrite them to make Bill Hader laugh live.”
“Right now I think Kate Mckinnon rules. This is one of the (million) annoying things about the Ghostbusters casting ‘controversy’ — people are complaining about a movie that has Kristen Wiig and Kate Mckinnon in it. Shut up. You don’t deserve nice things.”
Here’s a sketch for 22 Minutes Adam Christie wrote. It’s a Heritage Moment Parody that Wright shared as an example of the kind of sketch comedy you might see at Matturday Night Live: