Gavins Matts is a native of Vancouver, Canada, and in 2017 was the youngest ever winner of Canada’s SiriusXM Top Comic Competition. Since then he has appeared across North American, on Late Night With Conan O’Brien and Bill Burr’s showcase, The Ringers, on Comedy Central.
Gavin has also made acting appearances, and his short film “Slice of Life,” dedicated to the gallery in Vancouver of the same name, is currently making rounds on the festival circuit.
Gavin took the time to answer 5 Questions from Louisville Laughs.
Louisville Laughs: You’re in your 20s and already have been named Canada’s SiriusXM Top Comic, been on Conan and worked with Bill Burr. What was your big break or the key to your success?
Gavin Matts: Well, I’m 28 and been doing this for 10 years and I would say I have done very cool stuff. But I don’t think “big breaks” exist anymore.
But if there’s going to be a “big break” it’ll come from longer-form stuff – like the hour that I’m taping with All Things Comedy at JFL VANCOUVER on May 29 (so the set I’m doing at Planet of the Tapes is that hour, so you should come help me make it better by being at Planet of the Tapes on March 25 & 26).
What things have you learned the hard way about touring the country doing comedy?
Buy your flights as early as possible.
You perform at colleges as well as comedy clubs. Some comics are shying away from performing at colleges because they’re afraid students will be offended. What has been your experience?
Nobody is offended. Those comedians are just bad.
You have done some acting and directed a short film, “Slice of Life.” How does standup prepare you for acting and directing?
I would say I have very little experience in acting, writing and especially directing. But, the one thing stand up does is help you develop bad habits.
What is your comedy horror story?
I would say the realization that I’ve committed my whole life to it. It’s a pretty dumb thing to do, in my opinion. Could have just been a fisherman or something.