“a hugely impressive hour of political comedy…it keeps hitting the spot” ★★★★ Paul Fleckney, Chortle
Star of Unspun Matt Forde returns to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with brand new show, Brexit Through The Gift Shop. The whole thing’s a mess and only one person can sort it out. Sadly, we have no idea who. Join Britain’s leading political comedian for his last show as an EU citizen from 1st -26th August at the Pleasance Forth at 8.30pm.
The news coincides with Absolute Radio recently signing Matt to present its weekly Rock n Roll Football Show. Matt will broadcast the first Saturday afternoon show on the 11th August.
A former advisor to the Labour Party, Matt Forde has hosted four series of Unspun on Dave. Produced by Avalon, Unspun has just been nominated for another award, Best Entertainment Programme at the 2018 Broadcast Digital Awards, following a nomination for the same award last year. In the lead up to the 2017 General Election, Matt was a regular guest on the One Show, commenting on the best and most bizarre moments of the campaign trail. Matt’s other TV credits include: Have I Got News For You (BBC One), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV), Mock The Week (BBC Two), Rory Bremner’s Coalition Report and Rory Bremner’s Election Report (BBC Two), Question Time (BBC One), This Week (BBC One), Newsnight (BBC Two) and Daily Politics (BBC Two).
Matt Forde’s London show, The Political Party, has been a sell-out during its monthly residency at Westminster’s The Other Palace for nearly six years. Matt has brought Parliament to life with his stand-up and debate with some of politics’ most powerful and notorious figures, including Tony Blair, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Ed Balls, Ruth Davidson, Alastair Campbell, Michael Portillo, Harriet Harman, Nigel Farage, Neil Kinnock, Alan Johnson, Lord Prescott, Jack Straw and Dame Tessa Jowell. The Political Party is now released weekly as a podcast and has amassed over 1 million downloads on Soundcloud, received a 2018 Best Comedy Podcast nomination from the British Podcast Awards, is one of The Observer’s top political podcasts picks, hit the top spot of the iTunes comedy chart, was highlighted as the Daily Telegraph’s podcast of the week and was nominated for the Internet Award at the Chortle Awards.
At 1.30pm on the 9th and 3pm on the 15th August, Matt will host special Edinburgh Political Parties, with the guests to be announced.
WHAT THE PRESS HAS SAID ABOUT MATT FORDE
“Possibly the best political comedy show on the Fringe” 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
“Smooth as silk. Brings confidence and energy to political satire” ★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“A first class comic” The Guardian
“Highly engaging, inherently funny… an ability to ad lib laughs out of thin air” Chortle
“Up to the minute, witty and, yes, funny, Forde has the knack of dealing with a serious subject and getting some excellent gags” Sunday Express
★★★★★ The Herald
Brexit Through the Gift Shop
Venue: Pleasance Forth, Pleasance
Date: 1st -26th August
Box Office: 0131 556 6550