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 recently completed a third series in the run up to the 2017 general election and has a fourth series already commissioned. Matt is joined each week by MP4, a rock band made up of actual politicians, 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.
Matt has also appeared on The Royal Variety Performance 2015, Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Rory Bremner’s Coalition and Election Reports (both BBC Two), Mock the Week (BBC2 Two), 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). In 2014 he starred alongside Jon Richardson in Channel 4’s Jon Richardson Grows Up.
Following nationwide tours of his previous two shows, 24-Hour Political Party People and Get the Political Party Started, Matt returned to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2016 with his new show, It’s My Political Party (and I’ll Cry if I Want To) which covered the fallout of the Brexit Referendum. Matt once again sold out the prestigious Cabaret Bar with his latest show before taking it to London’s Soho Theatre ahead of his latest nationwide tour. His Edinburgh 2017 show has been completely rewritten in light of the general election result and is titled A Show Completely Rewritten in Light of Current Events – Again!
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, 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 100,000 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 lighthearted look at the weekends 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.
“A first class comic”
“Highly engaging, inherently funny… An ability to ad lib laughs out of thin air.”
“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 Herald
**** Mail on Sunday
**** The List
**** Three Weeks
Visit Matt’s website at www.mattforde.com
Follow Matt on Twitter: @mattforde