Growing up in the Baltimore/Washington DC area, Matt Baetz spent most of his childhood dreaming of a career in broadcasting. After anchoring his high school morning news program, Baetz decided to leave the journalism hotbed of Maryland and DC for a college career in the rolling hills of Tallahassee, Florida, the first in a long line of poor decisions that would force Baetz into stand up comedy.
After college, Baetz worked for nearly every network in the country, NBC, ABC, ESPN, and the Golf Channel, before deciding to check out an open mic in Altamonte Springs, Florida. The semi-famous, although quite possibly closed down Why Not Lounge, was the site of Baetz’s first show and the end of his dreams of being the next Marv Albert. Although he does enjoy dressing up in women’s clothing and biting people.
Like many comedians, Baetz’s love of attention and cheap laughs outweighed the support and love he was getting from his girlfriend of three years, and so he packed his bags, kissed her goodbye, gassed up his Ford Focus, and headed for the Hills.
Baetz has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson twice as a comedian and over 50 times as a featured performer in various comedy sketches. Baetz worked with Green Mountain West on a television pilot entitled, The Matt Baetz Project, centering on his life as an aspiring stand up comedian struggling to survive in Los Angeles.
In 2006, Baetz traveled to the Kingdom of Bahrain as part of a USO tour to the Middle East. Baetz joined Craig Ferguson and Kathy Kinney in celebrating Thanksgiving with the men and women of the Australian armed forces.
Baetz has also appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson as a featured performer in two cross promotional campaigns with the Ford Motor Company, 2007’s “Escape from Boredom” and currently, “We Are the Highlanderz.”
Baetz’s blend of observational humor combined with angry rants and emotional guitar tunes provides a little something for everybody.