Matt Alaeddine World’s Fattest Contortionist
With the ability to press his soles to his cheeks, turn himself into a human dart board, and dislocate his shoulders to escape from a straitjacket, Matt Alaeddine’s resume reads more like a medical examiner’s report. Couple that with his sizable mass — well over 400 pounds — and the Edmonton comic and contortionist has found a ticket around the world, securing him a place in the infamous Jim Rose Circus…
Alaeddine, 30, started doing contortion as a street performer at the Edmonton Fringe Festival about 10 years ago. When performing his contortions, Alaeddine stuffs his rolling hillsides into a gold nylon suit labelled “one size fits all” that he bought from the women’s section of a hipster-friendly clothing store.
“You go to work every day sitting at a desk. It’s not for me. I mean, some people, they just want to get out there and climb and mountain … I’m not going to climb a mountain. Comedy is my mountain. Contortion is my mountain,” Alaeddine says.“Obesity! It’s working for me!”
Over the years he’s gone by many stage names, including Fat Matt and Powermann. He says he’s the world’s fattest contortionist, though that isn’t a label in any official, record-breaking capacity — not that an official label matters, really.