Matt Oberg stars as the voice of Mark Lilly in Comedy Central's newest animated series, Ugly Americans. Along with starring as the lead character of Ugly Americans, Matt has also made appearances on the TV shows 30 Rock and Chappelle's Show. When he's not performing on TV he also keeps audiences laughing and entertained while performing with the PIT theatre's improv team "Big Black Car."
Ugly Americans premieres March 17th at 10:30/9:30c on Comedy Central.
Q: What do you think viewers will like most about the animated series Ugly Americans?
MO: I think the animation is really the star of the show. There's so much going on in the background, the creatures they have come up with, I haven't seen anything like it before. A lot of talented people, Devin Clark, Augenblick Studios, worked real hard on it.
Q: The character you voice in Ugly Americans is a social worker who helps interesting characters (zombies, werewolves, etc.) integrate into New York City. In your opinion, what would be the best job for a talking unicorn?
MO: Game show host? I would watch that show. And the prize for the winner of the game show would be that the talking unicorn becomes your friend. Some unicorns are already employed as game reviewers, you can check out the Action Pals' (full disclosure: they're friends) review of Resident Evil 5.
Q: What were your first thoughts when reading the script before landing your role?
MO: I thought it was funny, and I was psyched to try to get the parts of the Robot, The Great Brain, or Martin the Wizard. I practiced my funny voices, but as it turned out they liked my straight up normal voice for Mark. Which makes my job easier. I just kind of read aloud.
Q: If Sean Connery were guest starring on Ugly Americans, which kind of interesting character do you think would be the best fit for him?
MO: Well, he's Scottish, so probably some sort of Nessie type Loch Ness monster who is an expert on the tunnels underneath Alcatraz because he was formerly a "guest" there. And then my character would help him learn to read and write, and then he would mail me a letter and it would say "You're the dog now, man."
Q: Most people don't like hearing their recorded voice, do you experience that and, if so, does that make voiceover work more difficult?
MO: It is weird to hear my voice coming out of the character. I feel like nobody's gonna buy it, because it's obviously my voice, but most people don't know what my voice sounds like, so maybe it won't be as weird for them. I usually don't like watching or seeing what I do, but I get over it quickly. You kind of have to.
Q: How did you get your start in show business?
MO: I was bitten by the bug real early. (That's not really true, but I like to say it, and type it.) I did lots of plays in high school, studied acting at the University of Michigan, and then moved to New York and started hustling. Somehow my accumulated mistakes have led me here.
Q: What's the most interesting job that you've had outside of the entertainment business?
MO: I worked as Al Pacino's assistant's assistant for three years. But I guess that's still sort of in the biz, so I once chaperoned a teen trip to an Indian reservation in South Dakota. It was more fun than it sounds.
Q: You've been involved in theatre, improv, and television acting throughout your career; do you prefer doing one over the others?
MO: They all have their pros and cons. Improv offers more control so it's really rewarding when it goes well, but it can sometimes explode into a million mediocre pieces.
Q: If for some reason readers of our site doubted your humor, which video of yours would you recommend they watch to prove your funniness before they send you their sincerest apologies?
MO: People are more than welcome to think that I'm not funny. Some of my closest friends think I am actually quite annoying. But if folks want to get their gavels out they can feel free to judge these two:
"Rainy Day Activities"
and this homemade George Michael karaoke video.
And if hatin' is still their occupation, looks like I got a full time job for them.
Q: We end all interviews with word association, so I say "wombat" and you say...
MO: How high?