John Matta is a veteran TV writer perhaps best known for his work on The Martin Short Show, Steve Harvey’s Big Time, Kid President: Declaration of Awesome and many others. For over 5 years he has posted a one-panel cartoon to his website ( What makes them unique is the fact that each surreal creation is a hand-drawn on a paper napkin. Matta Napkin has taken the internet by storm. Add the occasional celebrity guest napkin artists like My Big Fat Greek Wedding’s Nia Vardalos, Fast & Furious 8’s Kurt Russell, Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet it’s a delicious recipe for minimalistic humor at it’s most sublime. The compilation Matta Napkin book is currently available for sale on Amazon.

When asked by Martin Short, “Why?” John said, “My wife Rose Abdoo (famed actress from Parenthood, Gilmore Girls, and That’s So Raven) was going through cancer treatment and it was a way to make her laugh every day. The napkins both delighted and exhausted her. Finally, Rose told me to please show them to other people. So I created the Matta Napkin site.”

Amanda Greer, at noted, “These comical and quirky approaches to pop culture and everyday life prove that art can have a humorous side. Hopefully, John Matta will continue to create his napkin cartoons, tackling everyone from literary figures to fictional serial killers.”



Explore his world here


Now after more than 1,246 postings, Matta Napkin will have it’s first solo show here at the Hamilton-Selway Fine Art Gallery. The show will run from May 4, 2017 to May 17, 2017 and will be a napkin-y exhibit into Matta’s world of zombie dietitians, unicorn gyros, hypno-sombreros, and ventriloquists in love. Please RSVP below.

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