In Chapter 6 of 18 in his 2011 Capture Your Flag interview with host Erik Michielsen, standup comedian Matt Ruby answers "How Have Side Projects Helped You Develop as a Standup Comedian?" Side projects help Ruby gather more ideas, edit ruthlessly or critically, and generate resulting work. He notes how the creative process - generate and edit - applies across disciplines including photography, comedy, music, and writing. Ruby is a standup comedian based in New York City. He co-produces the weekly show "Hot Soup", co-hosts the monthly show "We're All Friends Here", and manages a comedy blog "Sandpaper Suit". Ruby graduated from Northwestern University.