NOTES FROM THE BONFIRE
P.D. Dawson writes: Immediately accessible and paradoxically cryptic, Nagin’s poetry goes shallow and then deep, clear and then murky. Sometimes he says it like it is, and other times there are swathes of innuendos and allegories, but never does it falter from truths, whether personal or universal”. Read the full review here.
DO NOT FEED THE CLOWN
James Israel, Editor of The Humor Times writes: “This book will make you feel like you dropped acid, fell into a rabbit hole, and entered a kaleidoscopic world of hilarity.”
Ferris Butler, former writer for SNL writes “Nagin’s short essays mix Frank Zappa, Lewis J. Carrolll, and Monty Python together with a post-beatnik wacky introspection. An automatic attitude adjuster for those who wish to use comedy to feel good and relieved of woes.”
Simon Gary writes “If Lenny Bruce were alive and writing in 2020, this might be a book that he would create.” Read the full review here.
FEAST OF SAPPHIRES
Matt McAvoy wrote: “Nagin feels his work, writing it with gritted teeth, through a pen as sharp as a razor, and his cynicism is smart and infectious. Poetry of the highest quality.” Read the full review here.
Kirkus Review wrote: “A poetic feast as surprising as it is satisfying.” Read the full review here.
P.D. Dawson wrote: “With his poetry, Matt Nagin seeks to inform, infiltrate, and discover the mind, and does so with a very human and caring heart. I thoroughly recommend this collection of poetry and consider it to be one of the best I’ve read in a while.” (5 stars) Read the full review here.
BUTTERFLIES LOST WITHIN THE CROOKED MOONLIGHT
Kirkus Review writes of “Butterflies Lost Within The Crooked Moonlight,” “Nagin’s verse is a torrent, and readers will thrill as it carries them off.” Read the full review here, see print version here.
WOOLLY MAMMOTH PANIC ATTACK
Alexis Yoo of Stagebuddy called Woolly Mammoth Panic Attack “uproarious…a stellar success.” Read the full review here.
Lee Levitt of The Jewish Chronicle gave the show four stars and called it “brilliantly irreverent” and “sublimely funny.” Read the full review here.
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Matt is a very clever, innovative comic who is playing with the form and getting great results. He will leave his mark. Besides, he just makes me laugh.
-Rick Overton, Emmy Winning Writer, Actor, and Comedian
Matt displayed a natural, highly accessible story-telling talent. He did a great job of staying with the bonds of Jesuit school propriety while presenting a dynamic, engaging routine. I recommend him to perform at any other college that is looking for a respectful and perceptive comedian.
-Gabrielle Guiterrez, Vice President of Student Affairs, Academia Hispania, Fordham University, Rosehill Campus
For a performance at The Garden City Hotel, sponsored by the CCFA, Matt brought his humanity, insight, and, of course, hysterical take on life. His accessibility and strong connection to the audience had our guests howling with laughter and nodding knowingly as they could relate to the truths revealed in his universal themes.
-Susan Gomberg, Director of Development, CCFA
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