The Skinny on… Matthew Rogers

What was your favorite toy as a child?

When I was a child, I used to have a professional wrestling league that was entirely made up of stuffed animals. They would have beefs with one another, team up against common enemies, and generally engage in storylines. My favorite was a little Snuggles bear, the fabric softener mascot. He wasn't the biggest stuffed animal, but he had the grit and determination to be champion. I even took that bear into a tonsillectomy with me.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?

At the current moment it's the Pig Pit BBQ in Cohoes. It's close to where I live, the food is absolutely brilliant, and the owner, Dave aka Tex, has a cart that comes near my workplace so I can get it for lunch. The pulled pork there is the best in the area.

Are you involved in any creative projects you’d like to tell people about?

Apart from MopCo, I've come to view my entire life as a creative project. I'm sure this answer will thrill my parents!

How do you prepare before Mopco performances?

I'm not totally prepared for a performance until I've done enough nervous pacing that it makes other performers nervous. Then we can share all those nerves on stage. 

How do you prepare to teach Mopco classes?

I don't teach any classes for MopCo. Though I think an emphasis on personal connection is important, so I would probably focus on that.

Would you rather travel to the moon or the bottom of the sea?

I'd rather go to the moon. You'd have a spacesuit so you could do things like view the earth and the rest of space from an entirely new vantage point, jump around in low gravity, maybe hit a golf ball, and get some peace and quiet. I mean, you would be the most secluded person at that point. Mountain hermits would have nothing on you.

 

What’s the best advice you ever got?

"Sometimes the impossible just takes a little longer," which came from my dad. 

What’s your motto?

"This too shall pass."

What do you look for in an improv scene? 

There's that magical moment, when the scene is going well, that you just connect with the other people on stage and it seems like the rest of the world drops away. You achieve a sort of flow with everyone and you don't want it to stop. That high is worth the struggle.