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For Matthew Broussard, A Math Degree From Rice Comes In Handy In Comedy

Broussard tells Houston Matters how he uses his degree in his comedy and how his time in Houston shaped what he does on stage.


Comedian Matthew Broussard
Comedian Matthew Broussard began trying his hand at stand up in Houston after earning a math degree from Rice University.


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After earning a degree in math from Rice University, Matthew Broussard started attending some open mic nights around Houston before deciding to pursue comedy as his career — sometimes to the chagrin of his parents.

But he's done quite well, appearing on Comedy Central, performing on late night talk shows, and last month shooting a guest appearance on the Amazon original series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, for the show's upcoming season.

In the audio above, Broussard tells Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty how he uses that math degree in his comedy, how his time in Houston shaped what he does on stage, and about the importance of making fun of his own appearance at the top of his sets.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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