City Steam and The Brew HaHa Present: Jamie Mattern- Heard on Sirrius radio, seen on MTV

Fri, May 11, 2018
Sat, May 12, 2018

City Steam and The Brew HaHa Present: Jamie Mattern- Heard on Sirrius radio, seen on MTV

with Aaron David Ward and Dylan Vattelana

At once confrontational and classic, Maddog Mattern is like the lovechild of the Beastie Boys and Don Rickles. The New York-based comic free-associates rapid-fire jokes based on the audience and the environment, all the while dropping Rat Pack slang and names of long-dead sports hall of famers. No two performances are alike.

Before he started headlining New York’s best comedy clubs, touring the country with the One Mic Comedy Tour and the Ronnie Mund Block Party, and appearing on a weekly sports argument show on MSG called “The Bracket,” Maddog was a young comedian trying to get Las Vegas barflies to listen to him. “People there don’t care about what you’re saying,” he says. “They’re too busy pissing away their rent and meth money on video poker.”

While he may have honed his style shouting over slot machines, Maddog is no mere insult comic. In fact, he’s been called a compliment comic. While that’s not entirely true either, he almost always takes the unexpected route to a joke. “Other comics tell me what I do is weird and wrong and not real comedy,” he says. The laughs beg to differ.

Media has always been a big part of Maddog’s life, and none more than the sports almanac his grandfather brought home one day. Young Maddog memorized it. “I had plenty of years of not getting laid and not having any friends,” he explains. When he visited “The Artie Lange Show,” Lange the two had no shortage of sports stories and trivia to riff on.

On television and radio, Maddog’s wit achieves its full potential. Instead of just the fans in front of him, he has the world, the whole absurd celebrity culture to lampoon. The famous can’t hide in the back rows like his more timid fans. Still, there’s just something akin to a punk rock show about seeing Maddog in person. There’s a thrill in unpredictability, a certain joy in feeling a little unsafe. If you think that sounds like it would invite heckling, you’d be wrong.

Going into a performance with Maddog, Shuli Egar recently told an interviewer, “He’s our pit bull. We send Maddog out there and he lets pretty much everybody know there’s only going to be one guy talking, and he’s holding a mic.”

Aaron David Ward

For the last 12 years, comedian Aaron David Ward, from TV’s The Glenn Slingerland Situation, has entertained audiences from New Hampshire to California by getting them to laugh and think at his self-deprecating, socio-political, and culturally critical comedy. He opens his heart, mind, and soul to fans during each trip deep inside his mind for a funny, honest, and twisted look at his concerns, disappointments, doubts, fears, and worries. You get to see a tug of war between the emotional and intellectual brains when Aaron is on stage. Aaron has performed throughout the Northeast and Midwest, appeared in the Boston Comedy Festival, Plymouth Rock Comedy Festival, Cape May Comedy Festival, and in several movies including What I See In The Dark and Aftermath as well as a pilot for MTV and VH1 entitled The List. If you are a fan of funny, introspective, and smart stand up comedy, then Aaron David Ward is your kind of comedian!

Dylan Vattelana

Regular at The Improv, tours with Patrick O'Donnell