Matt Iseman is host of NBC’s three-time Emmy Award-nominated hit competition series “American Ninja Warrior,” which begins its 11th season on May 29. He also serves as host for the new series “American Ninja Warrior Junior” on Universal Kids Network.
Iseman is a Daytime Emmy Award-winning host and stand-up comedian. 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, he also hosted History’s “Evel Live,” which honored legendary daredevil Evel Knievel.
In 2017, Iseman won season eight of NBC’s “The New Celebrity Apprentice,” with host Arnold Schwarzenegger, where he raised money 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.”
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 Guttfeld Show” and as a guest co-host on “Today.” He’s also traveled to Afghanistan to perform for U.S. troops. His CD, “I Want a Happy Ending,” has become an iTunes sensation and he can also be heard on SiriusXM, Pandora and countless radio stations around the nation.
Additionally, Iseman made his film debut in “Transformers 2” and has made appearances on the “The Drew Carey Show,” “NCIS,” “Courting Alex” and had a recurring role on “General Hospital.”
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.