Matt Bach, 50, of Mundy Township is the director of communications for the Michigan Municipal League (MML), a nonprofit organization that represents Michigan’s cities, villages and urban townships. A former journalist, Bach is also now a stand-up comedian who has also appeared in Fenton Village Players productions on and off for 15 years. He is on the Mundy Township Board of Trustees.
What are some of your responsibilities with the MML?
The cities of Fenton and Linden, and the village of Holly, are among some of our most active and engaged member communities. I oversee all communications of the organization, including media relations, member outreach, our social media and website, mml.org. In this role, I also host the regular podcast, “Michigan Politics, Huh?” I’m also host of the bi-weekly Facebook Live show, Monday Morning Live.
What motivated you to become a stand-up comedian?
I’ve always loved stand-up comedy. About two years ago, my wife, Katie, and I attended an amateur comedy show in Grand Blanc where the audience votes for the comedians and I came away from that show saying, ‘I’d like to try that.’ So, a few weeks later I went to an open mic comedy night and got hooked. My goal is to do 100 shows and I’m currently at 82 shows.
Name some of the places you have performed.
I mostly do Genesee County-area shows, but have performed throughout the state, including at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle in Royal Oak, Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase, and Dr. Grin’s in Grand Rapids. Next, I’ll be hosting the Laugh Your Tail Off Comedy Fundraiser for the Thompson Road Regional Dog Park in Fenton Township. The fundraiser is 5-8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at Legend’s Bar & Grill off Thompson Road. It’s for a great cause and I’m excited to do it.
Can you describe your humor?
I’d say it’s observational humor and a lot of personal stuff about my family. Sometimes there’s even a little singing involved although I’m a terrible singer. Oh, and sometimes I talk about poop.
Tell us about your involvement with the Fenton Village Players.
I’ve done shows with the Fenton Village Players (FVP) on and off for probably 15 or more years. I love FVP and my most fond memories have been doing shows with my two kids, Zach, now 25, and Emily, now 21. We did “Annie” together many years ago when they were 10 and 6 and Zach and I more recently were both in “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody” directed by the amazing Sam Di Vita.
Do you regret giving up your career as a journalist?
I loved my time as a newspaper reporter which I did for nearly 20 years at the Daily News in Greenville, the Livingston County Press in Howell and about 12 years at The Flint Journal. But I was ready for a change when I took a buyout offer at The Journal in 2009 and have thoroughly enjoyed working as a public relations official, first with the Flint Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and now with the Michigan Municipal League. I’ll be celebrating my 10th year at the League this November.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I’m a huge movie fan and make a point to see as many of the Oscar-nominated films as I can each year. I have a goal to see 365 movies in 365 days each year, but always fall way short of that. We do love to travel and visit places we haven’t experienced before in Michigan. I’m also an avid runner and completed four marathons last year. But I pushed running too hard and had a series of injuries that now keep me limited to shorter distances. I’m also a member of the Mundy Township Board of Trustees and past member of the Mundy Township Planning Commission and Genesee County Metropolitan Alliance.
How has becoming a grandfather changed your life?
Being grandparents has changed our lives in so many ways. Our grandson, Emmett, is now 18 months and is the true joy of the lives for myself and my wife, Katie, as well as our daughter (Emmett’s mother, Emily). He lives with us in Mundy Township so we’re lucky to get to see him a lot. He brings out my silly side and I’m amazed by him and all the new things he does, learns and says every day.
What else do you want people to know?
I want your readers to realize how lucky they are to have three amazing communities and downtowns right in their backyard in Fenton, Linden and Holly. The leaders in these three communities are fantastic and have done an excellent job in fostering and encouraging place making to serve their residents. I’ve been to communities throughout Michigan and these three could easily be included on anyone’s short list for the best towns in the state.