Matthew Gregory "Matt" Besser (born September 22, 1967) is an American actor and comedian best known as one of the four founding members of the Upright Citizens Brigade sketch comedy troupe, who had their own show on Comedy Central from 1998-2000. Besser was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas to parents Diane and Sandy Besser. His father was Jewish and his mother was Christian, and Besser is an atheist. He is also half German and French on his mothers side. Besser's grandfather's cousin was Joe Besser of The Three Stooges.