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In his early years Matt Roper travelled widely while touring with his father, a trad stand-up comic, where he was surrounded by various entertainers including Ken Dodd and Frankie Howerd, and watched them at work. He later joined the young peoples theatre company Oldham Theatre Workshop, where he began to write sketches for the end of season in-house revues.
Returning from Australia, he based himself in London and was quickly cast in the satirical stage showNewsrevue. A topical sketch and song show, he was chosen for his fast ability to caricature famous voices from the world of politics and celebrity, and for his talent as a singer. He performed two seasons with Newsrevue at the Canal Café Theatre before performing in a number of sketch shows on the London fringe, including Nice Mischief (Nine Acre Productions/Jermyn St. Theatre) and A Touch of Roberts and Roper (Canal Café Theatre).
During this time he continued to experiment with straight stand-up, becoming one of the first comics to play the Manchester Comedy Store and appearing regularly at Manchester's Buzz Club and the East Dulwich Cabaret's All New Stand-up Show.
At a May 2008 benefit staged by the filmmaker Grace Gelder he performed a short comedy set with the creation of a comic grotesque, which developed into the stage character of Wilfredo, a revolting satire of a Mediterranean lounge singer. A few weeks later he performed the character at the Glastonbury Festival.
On the London circuit he has performed to capacity audiences at Madame Jo Jo's, the Café de Paris and at the Etcetera Theatre, where he has presented feature length solo shows.
"He's a splendid piece of character comedy... a triumphant debut." - Venue Magazine
“Musical character comedy at its most disturbing… but compelling, hilarious stuff.” - LondonTown.com
“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