Matthew Nouriel is an Iranian Jew, born in London, England, who is tearing up the comedy scene. His raw and candid approach will leave you in stitches. He’s a stand-up comedian/actor who has put the fun back into funny and will have you laughing in tears.
You can catch Matthew’s performance at the hottest clubs throughout the Los Angeles area, including Laugh-A-Latte at the Hot Java Coffee House in Long Beach, The Comedy Store, The Improv, The Ice House, The Downtown Comedy Club, and the Hollywood Laugh Factory.
Matthew is fun, funny and fabulous, all rolled into one. His pretty-boy looks and charming personality will have you craving for more. Sit back, relax and get ready for a fun ride because Matthew Nouriel is what’s hot in comedy!
Renisha Marie: Who is Matthew Nouriel?
Matthew Nouriel: Matthew Nouriel is a British-born Iranian Gay Jew.
Renisha Marie: On what projects are you currently working?
Matthew Nouriel: I am currently performing my stand up comedy all over the place, wherever and whenever possible. I am also a presenter on the up and coming gay travel series, TripoutTV.
Renisha Marie: When did you know comedy was what you wanted to do?
Matthew Nouriel: I first wanted to do comedy when I was a teenager, but never followed through with it because it was such a scary prospect, so I stopped thinking about it. It was always in the back of my mind, though. Eventually, a little over four years ago, I decided to take a stand-up comedy writing workshop, with Gerry Katzman, here in Los Angeles. At the end of the course, we got to do a showcase and it was that show that solidified my desire to do stand-up.
Renisha Marie: I caught your act at Laugh-A-Latte and you were insanely funny in a very natural way. Were you always funny?
Matthew Nouriel: I actually feel like I was funnier as a person before I did stand-up. It’s like all my funny is saved up for work. After that, I’m like, “I’ll give you cute and adorable, but my funny’s been spent.”
Renisha Marie: What was the best gig you ever performed?
Matthew Nouriel: In 2011, I did a show at an Iranian Jewish event. Growing up gay and Iranian and Jewish was very difficult for me. I had never felt accepted by the Iranian/Jewish community. In the days and hours leading up to this show, I felt incredibly anxious. It was going to be the largest audience I had ever performed for up until then, (about 350 people), and it was going to be all Iranian Jews. I was terrified. I really thought they were going to hate me. To my absolute surprise, they were so enthusiastic and so loving. That gig really showed me how much the community had grown and made me feel truly proud of the Jewish Iranian community and, for the first time in my life, feel proud to be a part of the community.
Renisha Marie: Who is your favorite comedian of all time?
Matthew Nouriel: Me, of course.
Renisha Marie: Who is your biggest inspiration?
Matthew Nouriel: Donald Duck.
Renisha Marie: Tell us about some qualities that a good comedian should have?
Matthew Nouriel: A clear and honest point of view…and a thick skin.
Renisha Marie: What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
Matthew Nouriel: To go after the truth rather than laughter.
Renisha Marie: What advice do you have for aspiring comedians?
Matthew Nouriel: Get a therapist.
…and, with that last comment, he’s not joking. Matthew Nouriel: fabulous. funny.
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