Life is pretty funny sometimes. Especially if you’re Matt Marr.


Life is pretty funny sometimes. Especially if you’re Matt Marr.

How’s this for luck? The 1997 Lone Grove graduate moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career and was picked to be a contestant on the premier episode of  the game show “Show Me the Money,” hosted by William Shatner, in 2007.

He took the audience and TV land by storm, cracking everyone up with his antics and making them cheer when he walked away with $590,000.

At 7 tonight on NBC, he’ll do it again, this time on “Minute to Win It,” hosted by the Food Network’s Guy Fieri. But he’s not giving up the goods on whether his luck held out a second time. He’s just happy to play along.

The son of Chelsea and Bonnie Marr, the 31-year-old is no stranger to performing. Some of his fondest memories are his days as the Lone Grove mascot Bruno. And even he admits he’s natural in front of the cameras.

“I think that may be why I’m lucky (enough) to be on two game shows. It’s easy for me to be myself on television. I don’t get nervous,” he said in a telephone interview Friday night. “I was always used to getting up in front of people and doing things. I come by it honestly. That’s what happens when you come from a family of talkers.”

In “Show Me the Money,” Marr had to answer a variety of questions on different subjects, although he shamed himself by missing a question on Shania Twain, his greatest idol.

On “Minute to Win It,” he had to use more than just his brain power, which made it more fun. And it’s fun for the audience, too, as they can play along at home.

“Instead of questions, you have to do some type of physical task — stacking golf balls on top of each other — things like that. And you have a minute to do it,” Marr said. “What’s great about this show is you can watch it with your whole family. And they’re all household items. Everything is something you can find in your house and can play with your family.

“I would love to have all Lone Grove and Ardmore playing games with me,” he said, adding that his dad is flying him home for Easter so he can watch the second half of his competition next weekend. That’s when the world finds out exactly how he did on the show.

And the anticipation’s killing his mother.

On the last show, his brother, Bryan, was part of the audience and knew immediately the result of Marr’s efforts. This time, everyone has to wait.

“This show is much harder but it’s harder to win money because you have to build up levels,” he said.

Marr, who just received his master’s degree in clinical psychology, hopes to combine his therapy and television work one day and have his own talk show. This summer, he will do some radio segments, offering therapeutic advice to callers.

In the meantime, he’s busy with volunteer work and basically being helpful to others.

And funny. Don’t forget funny.

“Whatever happens on the show, whether I won money or whether I didn’t, my dad just said, ‘How often can you be on TV and be yourself and just make people laugh?’” Marr said. “I think that’s really a product of where I’m from. People don’t stop and talk to each other like they did back home.

“I just hope that I represent my Oklahoma roots proudly because I’m proud of where I’m from.”