Matthias Jeske: The Tale of a Burrito Winner

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Matthias Jeske knows how to give a great speech. His acceptance speech at this year’s awards was indeed one of the most memorable of the evening, and his award-winning performance in “Spamalot” had many asking when and where this brilliant actor would make his next on-stage appearance.This introvert has many extroverted interesting, including his incredibly accurate presidential impressions (John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and more). They are so entertaining that they have drawn laughter from celebrities such as Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick, Jr. during his audition for American Idol.

Beneath his Warby Parker-esque glasses beats the heart of a true “Mid-Century Millenial” – his words, not mine. A lover of classic films and actors, he gives us pleasure of sneaking a peek into his world at the moment – chicken burritos and all.   
Any other presidents that you like to impersonate?
Funny thing, I watched too many cartoons growing up. It was a way to make my brothers laugh. Presidential impressions make you laugh no matter what side of the aisle you’re on.
To listen to some of his impressions, Click Here.
Who do you draw inspiration from?
Dick Van Dyke. He has this effortless easiness, a dignified hilarity. Jimmy Stewart was the “Every Man.” There’s such a simplicity to him, but there’s also an element of wisdom. Cary Grant and that Transatlantic accent of his… And John Hamm. He’s one of the greatest actors of the twenty-first century.
How was your burrito? What kind of burrito was it?
Ah, the burrito. I know very little about it, even having earned it. It was good. It had chicken, rice, beans, guac. It was very heavy. I thought, “Do I eat this or load a cannon with it?”
What brought you to Omaha? Or are you a native?
I was born in Littleton, Colorado, but I’m Nebraska raised. I’ve been here for 20 years.
What’s your favorite thing about the community?
(laughs) I’m not that qualified. It’s new. I’ve had some experience at the Sumtur Ampitheater and the UNO Theatre. I was bullied by my friends to try out for “Spamalot.” It was a unique experience; it can’t be duplicated. I had a fun time. The Playhouse people are friendly and welcoming.
What’s your dream role?
I could tour with the “Jersie Boys”, “Amadeus”, John Dickinson in “1776”, and Richard III.
Future plans?
I’m studying history. I have three minors in Broadcasting, Creative Writing, and Theatre. I’ll be graduating in December, but I don’t have any plans after that. I’ve been a student for the past 6 years…
What would you like your legacy to be?
Oh, I’m looking for good experiences as a 24 year-old guy. Theatre is one aspect of my interests I’m willing to pursue. I’m trying to find where I belong.