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Matt Shallenberger

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Matt Shallenberger, 28
A Blue Man in the Blue Man Group
Lives in: Rogers Park
Backstory: The Hawaii-born Shallenberger majored in English at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, but spent most of his time in theatre productions. In 2000, he was auditioning for graduate schools and summer theatre in New York when talent scouts from the Blue Man Group spotted him. “I was asked to do a lot of nonverbal storytelling,” he recalls. “Someone stands in front of you and says, ‘Act like there’s a bomb in your skull.’”
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What’s your necessary extravagance?
Play time with my dog.

Favorite TV show?
The BBC’s The Office.

Favorite magazine?
ReadyMade.

Favorite Web site?
www.wordsmith.org

What CD is in heavy rotation right now?
Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins’ “Rabbit Fur Coat” and the Black Sheep’s “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.”

Item of clothing you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing?
Turtlenecks, mock or standard.

Item of clothing you can’t throw away?
I have an old wool cardigan that’s been my rehearsal sweater since I was 18. It’s comfortable, dowdy, British, with three buttons.

How do you order your steak?
Medium rare.

What’s your drink?
White Russian.

Use two words to describe yourself in high school.
“Dork sophisticate.”

When it comes to dating, what’s your secret weapon?
My dog, Otto, a four-year-old French bulldog.

What song would you sing if you were forced to do karaoke?
“Let’s Get It On,” by Marvin Gaye.

WBEZ or WXRT?
WXRT.

Deep dish or thin crust?
Thin crust.

Describe your exercise routine.
I’m on my bike all the time, and I work out a few days a week, lifting weights, and I do a pretty demanding show about five times a week.

Favorite time of day?
Between 8 and 10 a.m. while the sun is coming in the living room window.

Morning person or night owl?
Morning person. I’m the guy who falls asleep at parties at 1 a.m.

How much do you tip?
25 percent. I double the tax and round up.

Favorite bar in Chicago?
Moody’s in Edgewater.

I own too many . . .
Books.

What color is your bathroom?
Green, although they call it ‘bamboo mist,’ with slate tile.

Bad habit you wish you could break?
Biting my nails during scary or tense movies.

Ever been skinny-dipping?
Many times.

I could not date someone who . . .
Smokes.

Cubs or White Sox?
Cubs.

My idea of a perfect vacation is . . .
A passport and no plans.

What’s on your nightstand right now?
Speakers, Gates of Eden by Ethan Coen, and The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins.

Last movie you LOVED?
Spellbound.

Favorite meal?
Macaroni and cheese at Café Selmarie in Lincoln Square.

If you could have dinner with three living people, who would they be?
George W. Bush, my mother, and a boxing referee because my mom is going to kick his ass.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I have a pilot’s license.

Guilty pleasure?
Crappy TV in marathon format.

How much was your last haircut?
$40, not including tip.

At which store would you max out your credit card?
The hardware store at Clark and Devon.

I can’t stand people who . . .
Don’t look me in the eye.

What do you do when you’re bored?
Get outside in some capacity: go for a walk, ride my bike, go to the park.

If money were no object, I’d go back to school and become . . .
An architect.

 

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