“our foremost satirical stand-up…Whatever your politics, you’ll find excellence here”
★★★★ Stephen Armstrong, The Sunday Times
“Possibly the best political comedy show on the Fringe”
★★★★★ Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
“Forde is as gratifyingly sane as comedians come… smart, funny ideas”
★★★★ Dominic Maxwell, The Times
It was announced today, 12th November, that Matt Forde has added a Political Party Christmas Special on the 20th December to his West End residency at The Duchess Theatre.
He will be joined by two of the biggest stars in British politics: Leader of the House of Commons Jacob Rees-Mogg and Shadow Secretary of State for Mental Health Rosena Allin-Khan.
Jacob Rees-Mogg’s hilarious appearance on the podcast in 2016 is one of the most talked about interviews in the show’s history and the Conservative MP dubbed ‘the honourable member for the 18th century’ returns for this special end-of-term event.
Rosena Allin-Khan is one of the most charismatic politicians in Britain and is tipped as a future Labour leader. She stole the show at the 2019 Christmas Special with her astonishing singing voice. Will Rosena rock the crowd again this year? Cross-party Parliamentary rock band MP4 will be on hand to accompany her if she fancies belting out another anthem.
Political Party Christmas Specials are always raucous events with previous years seeing Alastair Campbell playing the bagpipes while Ed Balls danced and Sayeeda Warsi telling unrepeatable jokes to a stunned Nick Clegg.
Guests on upcoming Political Party West End shows include former White House Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci aka “The Mooch” on the 22nd November, plus the former Foreign Secretary, Health Secretary and current Chair of the Health and Social Care Select Committee Jeremy Hunt on the 6th December.
After 70 sold out Political Party shows at Westminster’s The Other Palace, Matt Forde moved to the West End’s Duchess Theatre for a fortnightly residency in September 2021. Since 2013, Forde has interviewed political figures including Keir Starmer, Nicola Sturgeon, Sadiq Khan, Julia Gillard, Tony Blair, Nigel Farage, Tessa Jowell, Alan Johnson, Michael Heseltine, William Hague and George Osborne.
The UK’s leading political podcast has over 6.6 million downloads and is regularly included in iTunes’ Top 10 comedy podcasts. The British Podcast Award nominated show was recently listed by Mace Magazine as the Number 1 Political Podcast and by The i newspaper as one of the 50 Greatest Podcasts, adding to top podcast picks in the press from titles including The Observer, The Telegraph, The Guardian, Radio Times and ShortList.
Political Party tickets are available to buy now at mattforde.com
Following record BritBox subscribers, four-year record viewing figures on ITV, and 200 million global views online, Matt has returned to voice puppets and write for the second series of Spitting Image streaming now.
Matt is currently co-hosting British Scandal with Alice Levine, a new audio series exploring the gripping stories, fascinating characters and critical questions arising on a journey through some of the biggest UK scandals and available on all major UK podcast platforms. The debut episode shot straight to the No 1 slot in the Apple podcast chart.
Matt’s first book Politically Homeless was listed by The Sunday Times as one the Best Political Books of 2020. The paperback was released in paperback by Quercus in May.
Matt has hosted four series of Unspun with Matt Forde on Dave, receiving several nominations at the Broadcast Digital Awards, and has numerous other broadcast credits including: Have I Got News For You (BBC One), The Royal Variety Performance (ITV), The Last Leg (Channel 4), Mock The Week (BBC Two), 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Hypothetical (Dave) 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 currently presents Absolute Radio’s weekly Rock n Roll Football Show.
For more information and press tickets, please contact: Victoria Wedderburn at VWedderburn@avalonuk.com / 07557160139
What the Press Have Said About Matt Forde
“Is there a better political comic than Matt Forde currently working in the UK? I can’t think of another to touch him”
★★★★½ Jay Richardson, Chortle
“Matt Forde never fails with his state-of-the-nation address, a mix of bang-on-the-money political takedowns and spot-on impressions”
★★★★ Mark Wareham, Mail On Sunday
“Matt Forde is the consummate political comedian”
★★★★ Tim Cornwell, The Scotsman