From a Scalpel to a Microphone: ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Host Tells His Story at Bethany

BETHANY, W.Va. – Matt Iseman – host of “American Ninja Warrior,” comedian and licensed physician – made an appearance at Bethany College Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. Iseman discussed how he transitioned from a career in medicine to one in comedy. The event, which was free and open to the public, was held in Wailes Theatre.

isemanphoto.jpgIseman was joined on stage with his friend Jhamal Robinson, a 1998 Bethany alumnus, member of the College’s Board of Trustees, and Emmy Award-winning producer. Robinson, Vice President of Production Management of TLC at Discovery Communications, will host the Q&A discussion with Iseman.

Iseman graduated with honors from Princeton University and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, where he received his medical degree. Iseman was in his residency at the University of Colorado when he decided to make a big career change and pursue stand-up comedy.

After moving to Hollywood, Iseman was cast for appearances in commercials for Pontiac, Dodge, JC Penney, PlayStation and other companies. He voiced commercials for Six Flags, Land Rover and DirecTV and the video game “Command & Conquer 3”.

His hosting career began with the show “Scream Play” on E! and followed with “Casino Night” on GSN. He spent five years at the Goto Guy on the Style Network’s “Clean House,” and he hosted a spin-off show, “Clean House Comes Clean.” The show’s “5 Messiest Homes in the Country” special earned Iseman and the network their first Daytime Emmy.

Iseman appeared in “Transformers 2,” “The Drew Carey Show,” “NCIS,” and had a recurring role on “General Hospital.” He's appeared on “Premium Blend” on Comedy Central, “Comics Unleashed” with Byron Allen and he's a regular panelist on “RedEye.” His comedy CD, “I Want a Happy Ending,” has become an iTunes sensation.

Currently the host of “American Ninja Warrior,” Iseman also served as producer on the special “Best of American Ninja Warrior” for NBC in 2013.

Bethany, a small college of national distinction, is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus. Bethany, the oldest degree granting institution in West Virginia, was founded in 1840 and traces its origins to the founding of Buffalo Seminary in 1818 at what was then Bethany, Virginia.