Back in my day, UW-Stout was pretty good at lining up entertainment. We may have been broke college kids, but anyone could scrounge up $20 for a show worth seeing (boy, do I miss college). Comedians like Colin Kane, Geoff Keith, and Bo Burnham took the stage (that’s right, I know Bo). Artists like Yelawolf, Motion City Soundtrack, Hellogoodbye, and The Cataracs have also graced my alma mater with their presence.
But tonight’s act is arguably the best entertainment to walk into Blue Devil territory. In just a few hours, I’ll be reuniting with my college roomies to bond over wine and watch Matt Bellassai (a writer, comedian, and Internet personality) take the stage. I know, I know… jealousy is inevitable.
For those of you that aren’t the slightest bit jealous, you have some catching up to do. Clearly you don’t know Matt Bellassai and his ability to make you spit out coffee across your cubicle at work.
Here are five things you should know about the man of my evening:
BuzzFeed Made Him Famous
After college, Matt Bellassai signed up to be a BuzzFeed Community Member, posting “some dumb stuff to BuzzFeed with a Community account, which anybody can sign up for.” He got the attention of BuzzFeed staff after posting “Olympic Booty Appreciation” and “Matthew Mitcham Is The Most Adorable Olympian Ever.” He landed a full-time editorial internship with the company, and they eventually hired him as an editor, where he became known as BuzzFeed Matt.
“The cool thing about BuzzFeed is that everybody is free to pretty much experiment with whatever they want,” Bellassai said in a Q&A. “So I get to pitch ideas like ‘we should do a video series where I get drunk at my desk and complain about stuff’ and I’m able to try it and see if it works!”
He Gets Drunk At Work And Whines About It
As it turns out, getting inebriated at work and complaining about stuff really does sit well with America. The hilariously inappropriate, yet entirely honest video rants gave Bellassai more recognition than he could have ever imagined.
I and 5 million others have stumbled upon his video series called Whine About It and are hooked. The comedic web series written and produced by the man himself gained millions of views per week.
Truly, you could spend hours watching his videos, but here are some of my faves that you can’t miss:
“The Worst Types of People on Instagram”
“People who pretend to be super into yoga… even though we all know it’s a f***ing lie. First picture is you ‘sweating’ on a yoga mat then your next picture is a double quarter-pounder from McDonald’s. We all know that first picture is just meat sweats.”
“The Worst Things About Being An Adult”
“People are always asking you, ‘Are you in a relationship? When are you going to get married? What daycare are you going to put your dogs in?’ Guess what? I can barely put my pants on every morning.”
“Types Of Co-Workers That Are The Absolute Worst”
“We’re all just trying to turn hard work into chicken nuggets.”
“The Most Annoying Types Of Couples”
“I can barely stand either one of you, let alone the super blob you created by smashing yourselves together.”
“The Worst Things About Fall”
“Pumpkin is a flavor that was manufactured by Starbucks to make people in furry Ugg boots shit their yoga pants.”
He Won A People’s Choice Award
The Whine About It series got Bellassai on everyone’s radar. Last December, The New York Times wrote a profile on him called “Getting Buzzfeed Clicks By Drinking And Whining.” Soon thereafter, Bellassai was nominated as Favorite Social Media Star for the People’s Choice Awards 2016. On January 6, he took home the trophy… despite the fact that the cameraman didn’t know who he was.
When the teacher gives everyone from the group project an A but you did all the work pic.twitter.com/st65ojb8ja
— BuzzFeed Community (@BuzzFeeders) January 7, 2016
People Want To Be Him
It’s no surprise that with all his fame that people want to be him. In fact, BuzzFeed curated a list of 62 people that dressed up as Matt Bellassai this past Halloween. I think it’s safe to say that wine and comedy are a big hit with both the young and the old.
— Joel Brewer (@joelbrewer) November 1, 2015
— Emma LaPoune (@EmmaLaPoune) November 1, 2015
He’s Pursuing Bigger Things
On January 26, Bellassai announced that his fame would be taking him other places. He left BuzzFeed, created a new Facebook page, and is starting to work on other endeavors… like comedy shows that I get to go to!
Also, more good news: he just released his new video series called TBH, where he plans to get drunk by himself and tell us how to live our lives. While he just posted it around 11 AM today, the video already has more than 10,000 likes and 171,000 views.
If you’re not yet convinced you should be keeping up with Matt Bellassai, it’s no skin off my back. Likely you’re not very fun anyway. But for all of you who have seen the miracle child, enjoy. There are so many more laughs to come.
Featured photo via buzzfeed.com