"Life is short, do what makes you happy." That's the advice Matt Iseman received from his father, a world-renowned physician, when he quit medicine to pursue his dreams in entertainment. Those words continue to guide Iseman today as he talks to ninjas, entertains audiences around the world and, in general, proves that laughter is the best medicine.
Iseman is best known as the host of NBC's three-time Emmy Award-nominated hit competition series "American Ninja Warrior," which is headed into its 13th season this summer. He also serves as host for the spin-off series "American Ninja Warrior Junior." He and his "ANW" co-host Akbar Gbajabiamila hosted the 2017 and 2018 "Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular," which aired on NBC. In 2018 and 2019, he also hosted History's "Evel Live," specials that honor legendary daredevil Evel Knievel. He is also the host of A&E's "Live Rescue," which follows the lives of first responders around the country, as well as the spin-off series "Rescue Cam."
In 2017, Iseman won Season 8 of NBC's "The New Celebrity Apprentice," with host Arnold Schwarzenegger, where he raised over $1 million for the Arthritis Foundation. His ongoing battle with rheumatoid arthritis transformed him into a strong supporter for the foundation. Past television credits include being a regular cast member on Style Network's home makeover shows "Clean House" and "Clean House Comes Clean," for which he won an Emmy, and being the main medical correspondent for the Hallmark Channel's "Home & Family." In 2019, you could also find Iseman entertaining audiences as a celebrity guest on the hit shows "Lip Sync Battle," "Hollywood Game Night" and "Ellen's Game of Games."
As a stand-up comic, Iseman has recurred on "Comics Unleashed" and is a regular on the L.A. comedy club circuit. He's appeared on "Premium Blend" on Comedy Central, "The Greg Gutfeld Show" and as a guest co-host on "Today." He's also traveled to Afghanistan to perform for U.S. troops. His album, "I Want a Happy Ending," has become an iTunes sensation. He can also be heard on SiriusXM, Pandora and countless radio stations around the nation.
A Denver native, Iseman graduated with honors from Princeton University and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he received his medical degree. He returned home to the University of Colorado for his residency in internal medicine. Then, in a move that shocked patients and parents alike, he quit his job as a doctor and moved out to Hollywood to pursue stand-up comedy and never looked back.
Iseman currently resides in Los Angeles.