Matt Forde is one of the country’s most in-demand satirists, and host of Dave’s ultra-topical political comedy show Unspun with Matt Forde which has broadcast four series. The show features MP4, a rock band made up of actual politicians, and the show is recorded in front of a live studio audience featuring up-to-the-minute topical material on that week’s current affairs, comedian correspondents from around the world, and weekly interviews with leading political figures which have included Tony Blair, Tim Farron, Anne Widdicombe, Nick Farron and Ruth Davidson. The show was nominated for Best Entertainment Programme at the 2017 and 2018 Broadcast Digital Awards and its third series aired twice-weekly in the run up to the 2017 general election.
Matt is the current host of Rock n Roll Football on Absolute Radio on Saturday and also hosts the Nottingham Forest football podcast. He has previously appeared on The Royal Variety Performance 2015 (ITV), Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Rory Bremner’s Coalition and Election Reports (both BBC Two), Mock the Week (BBC2), 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Celebrity 15-to-1 (Channel 4), Celebrity Pointless (BBC1), Question Time (BBC One), This Week (BBC One) and Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three) and Channel 4’s Jon Richardson Grows Up. In the lead up to 2017’s snap election, Matt also presented a regular segment on The One Show commenting on the highlights of the campaign trail.
Following nationwide tours of his previous three shows, It’s My Political Party (And I’ll Cry if I Want To), 24-Hour Political Party People, Get the Political Party Started, and A Show Hastily Rewritten in Light of Recent Events, Matt returned to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2018 with his new show Brexit Through the Gift Shop which followed the political chaos of Brexit and Trump in 2018. The show will again tour the UK and has been extended into 2019.
Matt’s monthly residency in London, The Political Party, sells-out Westminster’s The Other Palace Theatre months in advance. Alongside Matt’s trademark topical current affairs stand-up, the show brings Parliament to life as he interviews some of politics’ most notorious figures. Past guests have included Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, Nigel Farage, Nick Clegg, Michael Portillo, William Hague Dame Tessa Jowell, Ed Balls, Lord John Prescott, Alan Johnson, David Davis, Stella Creasy, Jack Straw and George Galloway. The show is also released as a podcast which has amassed over 850,000 downloads on Soundcloud, hit the top spot of the iTunes comedy chart, was picked as the Daily Telegraph’s podcast of the week, and was nominated for the Internet Award in the 2015 Chortle Awards.
He subsequently launched a spin-off radio show The Sports Party for talkSPORT which interviewed sporting figures alongside celebrity fans, with guests including Jimmy Bullard, Eric Hall, Dave Bassett, Jon Richardson and Romesh Ranganathan. In 2016 Matt also hosted a weekly radio show with Jon Richardson on talkSPORT; The Warm Up, which took a light-hearted look at the weekend’s football fixtures each Saturday from 11am-1pm. Matt has also been heard on the radio on The Now Show and The News Quiz (both on BBC Radio 4). Matt occasionally reviews the newspapers for Sky News and has contributed to features on ITV’s evening news too.
“Hey, America! You can keep your super-slick, alpha male satirists with suspiciously black hair. We’ve got Matt Forde…[His Trump] impersonation is easily better and funnier than Alec Baldwin’s on Saturday Night Live…High-quality, intelligent satire.”
‘Possibly the best political comedy show on the Fringe’
Mark Cavendish, The Telegraph
“Singlehandedly fulfilling comedy’s brief of taking our political masters to task. Combining spot-on impressions with up to the minute observations”
★★★★ Mail on Sunday
“A first class comic”
“Smooth as silk. Brings confidence and energy to political satire.”
★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“Thanks goodness for Matt Forde…Combining spot-on impressions with up-to-the-minutes observations.”
★★★★ Mail on Sunday
★★★★ The List
★★★★ Three Weeks
Visit Matt’s website at www.mattforde.com
Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde