Matt Rife – Comedian

Matt Rife is an MTV Wild n Out regular and well-known for self-producing his comedy specials for Netflix – his inaugural special Natural Selection was the most watched on that platform.

At 15, the comedian launched his stand-up career and has performed alongside prominent performers such as Dane Cook, Ralphie May, Finesse Mitchell, Mike Epps, DeRay Davis and Erik Griffin.

About Matt Rife

Ohio native Rife shot to fame in 2022 when an online video clip from one of his stand-up shows went viral on TikTok. Since then he has become a fixture at Wild N Out and World Famous Laugh Factory; becoming immensely popular with women audiences.

Rife admits he would like to expand his appeal beyond female audiences in order to continue growing as a comedian, and on Tana Mongeau’s podcast Cancelled on June 20,2023, Rife explained his strategy by saying people only dislike him because of envy and competition with him.

The special was met with widespread disappointment from both fans and critics alike, earning it only 16 percent on Rotten Tomatoes with most one-star reviews.

Biographical Information

Rife’s two sold-out performances at Bloomington’s Ryman Auditorium have been postponed after experiencing extreme fatigue while traveling for his tour, according to a statement issued by the venue. He is under medical advice and will not perform until further notice.

Ohio native Josh Dunning rose to fame in 2022 when an audience interaction clip from one of his stand-up performances went viral on TikTok, followed by making his Netflix debut with Natural Selection special.

While his popularity rose quickly on Wild N Out, its jokes that targeted vulnerable groups generated backlash and ignited debate about whether comedy can still be enjoyable when done at the expense of women, minorities or marginalized populations. Rife since attempted to shift his comedy away from targeting these vulnerable populations and emphasizes appealing more to men; dating actress Jessica Lord since 2015 when both cast members appeared together on Wild N Out television series was another source of his popularity.


Matt Rife began performing stand up comedy at 15 and soon after became a regular performer at Los Angeles’s world renowned Laugh Factory. Additionally, Matt has appeared in various television programs and movies.

He gained immense popularity after his social media comedy clips went viral, receiving much praise for both his good looks and humorous outlook on life.

In 2021, he self-financed and released his debut one-hour comedy special Only Fans on YouTube. Two years later he took another risk by producing and releasing Natural Selection on Netflix.

The special generated controversy after its jokes made fun of domestic violence victims, prompting some fans to criticize his jokes about them and call out him out on it. Yet the comedian remains undeterred, dismissing those who criticise his regressive comedy act with mocking remarks like:

Television Appearances

Rife’s career took off after being cast as a regular on MTV’s Wild ‘N Out and becoming the youngest comedian ever featured on BET’s ComicView. Since then he has produced several self-produced comedy specials such as Only Fans and Matthew Steven Rife as well as guest starring roles such as Brandon Bliss on Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Logan in Fresh Off the Boat as well as starting up a paranormal investigator channel on YouTube called Overnight.

Rife is an immensely popular TikTok star with over 14 million followers. Additionally, he was invited to perform in NBC’s Bring the Funny.

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