Saturday, June 21, 2008

Where the Hell is Matt?

Where the Hell is Matt?
When culture, art, community, and traveling (my most favorite things) collide this is what you get. It's fun. It's humanity. And it's beautiful. I'm loving it all the way! Gotta watch this video.

As he describes himself:
Matt is a 31-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who used to think that all he ever wanted to do in life was make and play videogames. Matt achieved this goal pretty early and enjoyed it for a while, but eventually realized there might be other stuff he was missing out on. In February of 2003, he quit his job in Brisbane, Australia and used the money he'd saved to wander around Asia until it ran out. He made this site so he could keep his family and friends updated about where he is.

A few months into his trip, a travel buddy gave Matt an idea. They were standing around taking pictures in Hanoi, and his friend said "Hey, why don't you stand over there and do that dance. I'll record it." He was referring to a particular dance Matt does. It's actually the only dance Matt does. He does it badly. Anyway, this turned out to be a very good idea.

A couple years later, someone found the video online and passed it to someone else, who passed it to someone else, and so on. Now Matt is quasi-famous as "That guy who dances on the internet. No, not that guy. The other one. No, not him either. I'll send you the link. It's funny."

The response to the first video brought Matt to the attention of the nice people at Stride gum. They asked Matt if he'd be interested in taking another trip around the world to make a new video. Matt asked if they'd be paying for it. They said yes. Matt thought this sounded like another very good idea.
Well, yeah. That was a good idea.

I wish some company would pay me to travel the world for free and dance with locals. That'd be about the best thing ever.

PS. Also Check out his first video and the outtakes. Ahhh. Just so amazing.


  1. Oh my gosh! That guy has been everywhere. I am kind of jealous of some of the places that he has gone. I wish I could do that, quit my job and just travel.

  2. heck yeah, that would be nice...perhaps we should start our own group....make a movie of our lives. I think with your life, jenn, and my life, we could win hundreds of novel and movie awards with all the drama