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Jonathan "Jon" Matteson (born July 17, 1989) is an American actor, singer comedian and performer based in Los Angeles. He is best known for his work with the American musical theatre company Team Starkid.

Early Life and Education[]

Jon was born in North Carolina. As a child Jon grew up as a self-described military brat and grew up in various states across the US including Alaska and Pennsylvania, but cites his time in Leavenworth, Kansas, as his formative years.. Jon studied Theatre & Film at the University of Kansas where he graduated a B.G.S. He is also a graduate of Second City Musical Improv Conservatory as well as the iO Training Programme.

Work[]

Jon made his professional theatre debut in the Walt Whitman Project as Walt Whitman at the Second City Theatre. He has since gone on to feature in What Where/Play, Completeness, 50 Shades of Shakespeare, Big Strong Man and #DateMe. In 2015, Jon appeared as Vince in the world premiere of The Power of Prom at The Annoyance Theatre & Bar in Chicago where he met fellow StarKid's Jeff Blim and Lauren Lopez.

Jon has also performed regularly with The Second City, in particular, performing aboard the cruise ship the Gem for several months. He was a founding member of (re)discover theatre in Chicago, starring in Hamlet and "An Evening of Beckett." He also frequently collaborates with the previously mentioned Annoyance Theater, performing in an improv shows titled Simon & Shooster, Tiny Fascists: A Boy Scout Musical, and Shark Tank: The Musical, among other shows. Most notably, he wrote and starred in his own solo show, "Jon Matteson: A Solo Show by Jon Matteson," with direction by Case Blackwell and music by Jeff Blim. The full show can be found for free on his YouTube channel.

Jon has also featured in a number of short films such as appearing as Danny in Smoked and John in The Most Dangerous Game. He also featured in a number of films such as Comp'd, Pwn3d, Le Prisionnier, Rubber Band and Pillow Talk. He also features in TV series such as #DontBeMind, Chicago Fire, Totally TV, The Super Pops, Bombshell and the Tin Can Brothers' series Wayward Guide for the Untrained Eye. Jon also served as a writer for #DontBeMine.

On his YouTube channel, Jon has created and starred in numerous comedy sketches, including Beaver Fountain, Sleeptalkers, Young Putin the Series, Sidekicks the Series, Venus, Please!!!, Ted Talk on Invulnerability, Fall Guys: Knocking Out the Ultimate Dream, and Funky Hell.

Jon also frequently works on projects with Jeff Blim. He has created and acted in Blim's unreleased short film My Pet Brother. The two also co-host a podcast series together called Rim Tim Timmy's Fun Time Hour

StarKid Productions[]

After working with Jeff Blim and Lauren Lopez on The Power of the Prom, Jon was invited to appear in a number of shows for StarKid's Summer Season featuring in Sex a.k.a. Wieners and Boobs as Sheriff Jack and Chris as well as Cocksucker the Musical as Alan.

Jon made his StarKid debut as Paul Matthews in The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals for which he won the BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Award in a Muscial- Local. Jon reprised the role in Black Friday where he also featured as Wiggly, Gary Goldstein, Wallace McNeill and some other ensemble roles.

Jon also featured in both Nightmare Time and Nightmare Time 2 featuring as Paul Perkins, Wiggly, Roman Murray, Boy Jerry and Daniel.

Year Production Role
2018 The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals Paul Matthews
2019 Black Friday Paul Matthews
Wiggly
Gary Goldstein
Wallace McNeill
Ensemble
2020 Nightmare Time Paul Perkins
Wiggly
Ensemble
2021 Nightmare Time 2 Roman Murray
Carl Metzger
Boy Jerry
Daniel
Nighthawk 2

Awards[]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2019 BroadwayWorld Los Angeles Awards Lead Actor in a Musical - Local The Guy Who Didn't Like Musicals Won

Personal Life[]

After living in Chicago for a number of years, Jon moved to Los Angeles in 2019. Jon currently resides there with his roommates Nick Lang and Robert Manion. He is currently in a relationship with his partner Lindsey Martin. Jon enjoys writing poetry some of which can be found on his medium. Jon regularly streams on his twitch channel.

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