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Matt Walsh of HBO's 'Veep' Hosts Comedy Event at Frugal Muse

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Matt Walsh poses on the red carpet during the 'VEEP' screening at the United States Institute of Peace on April 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)
Matt Walsh poses on the red carpet during the 'VEEP' screening at the United States Institute of Peace on April 11, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

Actor Matt Walsh may live in Los Angeles now, but his roots in the Darien area run deep.

Local influences pop up in everything from the Hinsdale South grad's now-defunct Spike TV series Players, loosely based on Westmont sports bar Papa Passero's, to his Chicago sports-focused comedy web series, Bear Down Podcast.

Walsh, who co-founded the Upright Citizens Brigade and now stars in the HBO series Veep, which aired its season finale Sunday, is back in his hometown this weekend for a slate of family graduations. He'll be taking a timeout from the festivities to produce an episode of Bear Down Podcast at 7 p.m. Friday at The Frugal Muse, 7511 Lemont Rd. in Darien.

Patch chatted with the Darien native about his role on Veep, a pivotal performance in a Hinsdale South variety show and his fondness for Chicago's famous Italian beef sandwiches.

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