Labour-advisor turned stand-up comedian MATT FORDE brings The Political Party to the 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. A raucous hour of biting satire, this is a real celebration of politics and its big personalities.

The Political Party has met with great success during its monthly residency at Westminster’s St James Theatre, selling out every show and attracting tens of thousands of listeners as a downloadable podcast. Performing to a mixture of politicos and the politically inquisitive, MATT has brought Parliament to life with his stand-up and debate with some of the Government’s most notorious figures, including GEORGE GALLOWAY, NIGEL FARAGE, JACK STRAW, LEMBIT OPIK, CHARLES CLARKE, MATTHEW PARRIS and TIM LOUGHTON. Also available to download as a podcast from iTunes and with over 25,000 followers on Soundcloud, The Political Party has been picked as the Daily Telegraph’s podcast of the week and has hit the top spot on the iTunes comedy chart.

A frequent guest on current affairs shows, MATT has been a panellist on Have I Got News For You (BBC One), a sofa guest on This Week (BBC One) and has performed stand-up and written for Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three). Other writing credits include 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and The Last Leg (Channel 4). Matt can be heard on the radio on The Now Show The News Quiz (both BBC Radio 4) and on his own weekly show on TalkSPORT.

MATT regularly reviews the newspapers for Sky News and has contributed to features on ITV’s evening news. His second Edinburgh show Eyes to the Right, Nose to the Left met with critical acclaim at last year’s Fringe Festival.

What the press has said about Matt Forde:

“A first class comic” The Guardian

“Highly engaging, inherently funny… an ability to ad lib laughs out of thin air” Chortle

“Manages to combine infectious enthusiasm with astutely well-informed political opinions”.
* * * * Three Weeks

The Political Party with Matt Forde
Venue: Ace Dome, Pleasance
Date: 3rd Aug – 25th Aug (not 16th Aug)
Time: 4:00pm
Box Office: 0131 226 0000

For more information and press tickets, please contact: edinburghpress@avalonuk.com or phone: Lottie Doran, Charlotte Davidson, Charlotte Lander or Dan Lloyd on:
Edinburgh: 0131 527 1643 / London: 020 7598 7222


Avalon is one of the leading promoters of live comedy in the UK. Recent highlights include: RUSSELL HOWARD performing to over 240,000 fans with sell-out tour Right Here, Right
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