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Published on August 30th, 2018 | by Jerry Doby

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Meet Matteo Lane of the ‘The Comedy Lineup: Part 2’ on Netflix

Netflix Comedy Lineup 2

Netflix Comedy Lineup 2

The Comedy Lineup‘ is back with a new batch of comedians ready to impress you in only 15 minutes. The Netflix stand-up comedy series returns on Friday, August 31. Quick wit takes on a whole new meaning when this group of fiercely funny, emerging comics takes the mic live in front of an intimate crowd at Atlanta’s historic Terminal West. 

The diverse mix of comedians bring a fresh take on life’s issues, big and small, in a series of solo sets and includes up-and-coming comedians Josh Johnson and Janelle James.

Backstory: Matteo Lane is a New York-based comedian, originally from Chicago.  Matteo is in the new Comedy Central series THE COMEDY JAM, and also recently performed on THE LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT, LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS and Comedy Central’s ADAM DEVINE’S HOUSE PARTY.  He can also be seen on MTV’s GIRL CODE and MTV2’s GUY CODE, and the IFC holiday special AT JOE’S PUB alongside Tony Hale and the Dap Kings.  Matteo hosts a new Snapchat series called GHOST HUNT, where he tracks down exes who have “ghosted” their former partners.

Matteo also created and stars in the IFC digital series JANICE AND JEFFREY.  In 2014, Matteo was selected to be a New Face at the Just For Laughs festival Montreal.  Before starting stand up, Matteo lived in Italy as an oil painter and opera singer.

The Hype Magazine got Matteo to weigh in on a few things:

From the outside looking in, who is Matteo Lane?

Liza Minnelli incarnate.

What brought you to the entertainment industry, comedy specifically?

Desperation and need of affection!

What is it about daily life that inspires your commentary?

Hate.

Tell us about your experience with your first Netflix outing!!!

It was great and the people were wonderful. I had a great time and it was awesome to give people a taste of my comedy with my fifteen-minute set. Also, when I wanted spaghetti and meatballs, they got it for me.

It takes quite a bit of intestinal fortitude to bare yourself, no matter how cleverly concealed, to an audience who may not quite know how to interpret the nuances of your routine…how do you deal with that as you prepare to step on stage?

I would understand Mandarin better than I would understand this question…and I don’t speak Mandarin. I usually don’t think too hard about it. I just kind of glance over my notes and that’s it. I don’t worry or get nervous, I just do it.

Tell us a bit about your work and passions OUTSIDE of comedy…

I was a storyboard artist for TV commercials and fashion ads for years. I have a comic book with Bob the Drag Queen that I illustrated. I am trained in opera and have a one-man show where I impersonate Barbra Streisand, and I cook.


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