Matt Jernigan grabs the attention of people of all ages with his crazy song-parodies. With just his guitar and amazing impressions of popular singers from Brittany Spears to Katherine Hepburn, from Ricky Martin to Sammy Davis Jr., Matt immediately connects with his entire audience. Whether it's a night club, corporate event, college or church social, Matt leaves a lasting impression without using a single swear word or offensive innuendo. It's not an uncommon sight to see Matt receiving standing ovations.
Matt has been featured in many television shows, films and commercials as an actor, comedian, singer/songwriter and musician. These include The X-Files, Days of Our Lives, Comedy Central's Make Me Laugh and Matlock. Matt has performed in some of L.A.'s top comedy clubs including the mainrooms at the World Famous Comedy Store and The Icehouse of Pasadena. Matt has taken the L.A. comedy scene by storm and has won several voice and comedy competitions. Matt takes pride in doing completely "curse-free" comedy, because he believes that it doesn't have to be crude to be funny.
Matt is originally from Wilmington, NC, where he graduated from East Carolina University with a degree in Communications/Broadcasting, Theater Arts and Speech. He has always known that he would love to perform for a living and has felt totally blessed that God would allow it to happen.
Matt says, “Unfortunately, at the start, I saw comedy as simply a way to make a living and not necessarily to honor God. But after experiencing how empty that was, things changed. I'd been a Christian for nearly 20 years, and now I see such a need to reach out to non-believers through quality, cutting-edge entertainment. I feel it is my responsibility to draw non-believers closer to God by relating to them and showing them that Christians are ‘real’ and love to have fun. Christianity isn't a confining, boring lifestyle—it's exciting and full of joy."
Unfortunately, from the start, I saw comedy as simply a way to make a living and not necessarily to honor God. But after experiencing how empty that was, things changed. I'd been a Christian for nearly 20 years, and soon realized that my "walk" wasn't fully devoted to God. Now, my sole purpose is to honor God with the talents He's blessed me with. I see such a need to reach out to non-believers through quality, cutting-edge entertainment. And I feel, as a Christian, it is my responsibility to draw non-believers closer to God by bringing them things they can relate to and by showing them that Christians are 'real' and love to have fun. Christianity isn't this confining, boring lifestyle-it's exciting and full of joy.
"Thank you for being part of our event this year. Your participation was invaluable to the success of the event. As the students begin to explore, dream, and discover here at Fox, know you were personally a part of it. Your entertainment was great."
- Jennifer, George Fox University
"Thank you for sending Matt Jernigan our way. Matt was a complete success and turned a stiff crowd into a crowd of roaring laughers that would not soon forget this event. I would be more than happy to recommend Matt to anyone looking for a comedian who is clean and hilarious. He is very easy to work with and made this more than a pleasurable event." - Vice President of Student Activities, Emmanuel College