Matt Braunger is from Portland, went to theater school in New York City, but learned how to be a comedian in Chicago. He got his first big break on MADtv, but you more likely have seen him on a variety of other TV shows, including Up All Night, United States of Tara, Happy Endings, and @midnight. He talks to me about growing up in his 40s and yet still acting like a Big Dumb Animal, which was the name of his Netflix special that came out in early 2015. We spoke backstage at The Bell House, where he filmed that special, as he swung back through Brooklyn on his Ding-Donger Tour.

So let’s get to it!