BA #069: Matt Shakman

March 23, 2015 | 1:18 am |

Director Matt Shakman Podcast Interview


Now episode sixty-nine is four, five seconds from wildin’, and we got three more days ’til Friday! On the sixty-ninth Box Angeles director Matt Shakman (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, House M.D.) stops by Studio 309. He discusses how he always arrives to set first, falling into acting at age 4, attending Yale University, the experience opening his own theatre,¬†and more!


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The BA #069 Breakdown —
– Box rants fast food employees not closing the bag.
– Drinking and rituals.
– Growing up in Ventura, CA and being a kid who made stuff.
– Falling into acting at age 4, attending a school for acting and first booking a Pepsi commercial.
– Becoming a series regular on ‘Just the Ten of Us’ and attending The Thacher School in Ojai.
– Attending Yale University, acting / directing plays and having a art history / theatre double major.
– Getting a gig in NYC assisting directing and moving to Los Angeles.
– Opening the Firefly Theater before opening Black Dahlia Theater while working as an SAT tutor.
– Getting a break from Ed Zwick directing ‘Once and Again’ and finding the next gigs.
– Landing an agent and getting involved with ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’.
– The one-er in the ‘Charlie Work’ episode and end game.
The BAQ —
– Matt describes what he does in three words and gives his logline.
– Matt answers why Hollywood and his favorite thing about LA.
– Matt discusses who he enjoys to watch and who he’d like to work with.
– Matt’s favorite thing he has done and how he defines success.
– Choose your own adventure sign-off.


Guest Beer — Bear Republic, Grand-Am American Pale Ale



For more Matt, go see Cut Bank in theaters April 3rd and follow him on Twitter @mattshakman.

An aspiring actor, Mike ‘Box’ Elder hates fast food bags that aren’t closed. Follow him on Twitter @BoxAngeles.