I love stories. I remember when I was probably about 6 years old, I was grocery shopping with my Momma, when I wandered off...again. Sure enough, she found me in the middle of the pasta aisle chatting to some housewife and trying to make her a new friend. From being an actor to getting my Masters in Clinical Psychology, I just love chatting people up and hearing what is special in their lives.
I think that's what I've been trying to do my whole life--make every stranger a friend and hear their story. There isn't a tale I've heard yet that hasn't motivated me, changed me, or just made me think. So that's what my site is for--it's all things Matt & my love of stories. Whether it's listening to my stand-up, reading my blog, or asking for some advice on my weekly podcast, THE DEAR MATTIE SHOW, is a place for you to connect with me and be heard.
My name is Matt Marr and I'm a talk show nerd.
When I was a lil' boy (okay let's be honest-in middle school and high school), I would tape the Oprah Winfrey Show everyday for me to watch when I got home. As I watched, I would hold a Dr. Pepper can in one hand and the VCR remote in the other. As the interviewee responded to Ms. Winfrey's question, I would sit engrossed in some stranger's wonderful story. Sometimes I agreed with them. Sometimes I rolled my eyes. Often I felt moved by it, or related part of my own life to their story. No matter what, listening to their story made me feel more human and less alone. Now, before Oprah could ask another question, I would always pause it. Then I would think of what MY question would be, I would ask it aloud pretending the frozen figure in the television could hear me, I'd press play and see how it matched up to Oprah's.
Well, I rarely asked the same thing she did. I mean, if you haven't noticed, Oprah and I are a bit different. And now I don't want to be Oprah anymore. From listening to other's stories and listening to Oprah, life is so much better when you can just be yourself.
So welcome to The Dear Mattie Show & talktomattmarr.com. It's all me sugars. And I want this to be a place for you to be open, curious, and hopeful that I can give you a chuckle, answer your quandary, or simply have you consider a different perspective. And I might tell a dick joke or two. Sorry Momma.
The Dear Mattie Show finally IS my own talk show...just done my way. I hope you enjoy and please, ask away.