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.