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Character comedian Matt Roper is best known for his powerhouse comic creation of Wilfredo, a grotesque but lovable Mediterranean romantic singer. He has toured internationally, from street performance in Italy to the cafés of the Czech Republic, and from playing to hundreds of muddy festival-goers at the Glastonbury Festival to an audience of 20,000 people at the Cape Town Funny Festival in South Africa. In the summer of 2016 Matt played Chico Marx – eldest of the iconic Marx Brothers – in I’ll Say She Is: The Lost Marx Brothers Musical at the Connelly Theater in New York City. He appears regularly at the Slipper Room, Manhattan’s Palace of Varieties in the Lower East Side.
Solo shows: Wilfredo, Erecto! (2011), The Wonderful World of Wilfredo (2012). Wilfredo: Deconstructed (2014). All feature-length solo shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Ensemble shows (variety): Bindlestiff Family Cirkus (Dixon Place NY), The Secret Variety Society (NYC 2016), The Slipper Room NYC (2015-present), Routines (Edinburgh Fringe 2015), Joke Thieves (Edinburgh Fringe 2014). CircusFest 2012 (Roundhouse, London), The Wam Bam Club (Café de Paris, London 2010-11).
Touring: Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2015), Manila International Comedy Festival, Philippines (2015), Singapore International Comedy Festival (2015), Adelaide Fringe (2015), Solo show – Central European Tour 2014 (Czech Rep, Hungary, Slovakia, Germany), The Cape Town Funny Festival (2013), Glastonbury Festival (2010-12), Port Eliot Festival (2010-11).
Street Performance: Salento Buskers Festival (2010), Winchester Hat Fair (2009).
Radio/podcast: Amnesty’s Secret Santa Comedy Podcast (Amnesty/The Guardian), The Comedy Club (BBC Radio 4 Extra), What’s So Funny? (BBC Radio 4 Extra), Live at the Gilded Balloon (Dabster Productions), E4 Udderbelly Podcast (Dabster Productions).
Recordings: Wilfredo Unchained: Live In California (2015), The Wonderful World of Wilfredo EP (2014), Happy Goddamn Christmas (Loretta Maine feat. Matt Roper).
Corporate: Lush, Virgin Atlantic.
Awards: The Malcolm Hardee Award, Cunning Stunt of the Year, Edinburgh Festival 2015.
“Meticulous” - New York Times
“Weird, intimate and wonderful” - The Guardian
“A nice mix of innocence and aggression, of the unexpected and the truly odd. Oh, and funny.” - Martin Freeman
“I left having spent the evening roaring with laughter.” - Camden New Journal