Spotlight On… Political Comic, Matt Forde

Matt Forde

It’s My Political Party

(And I’ll Cry If I Want To)

SOHO THEATRE RUN & UK TOUR ANNOUNCED

A man who watches Prime Minister’s Questions like it’s Match of the Day, MATT FORDE, the most exciting voice in political comedy and the host of Unspun with Matt Forde (Dave), brings his sold out 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show, It’s My Political Party (and I’ll Cry if I Want to) to the Soho Theatre for four nights from October 15th before embarking on nationwide tour. Following the UK’s most important referendum until the next one, Matt Forde celebrates why it’s great/awful that we’re in/out of the EU/UK/NATO/whatever the hell happens next.

A former advisor to the Labour Party, MATT FORDE is fast becoming acknowledged as the UK’s leading political comic. He can currently be seen hosting Unspun with Matt Forde on Dave, a brand new show recorded the day before it airs that features up-to-the minute reactions to the chaos gripping the British political system. interviews with leading politicians and political figures including  NICK CLEGG, RUTH DAVIDSON, ALAN JOHNSON and CHUKA UMUNNA, and where he has a house band, MP4, made up of serving and former Members of Parliament. MATT has appeared on The Royal Variety Performance (ITV) Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Mock The Week (BBC Two), Rory Bremner’s Coalition Report and Rory Bremner’s Election Report (BBC Two), 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Question Time, This Week (both BBC One), Newsnight and Daily Politics (both BBC Two). He hosts a weekly show on talkSPORT with fellow comic Jon Richardson.

MATT FORDE’s London show, The Political Party, has been a sell-out during its monthly residency at Westminster’s St James Theatre. MATT has brought Parliament to life with his stand-up and debate with some of the Government’s most notorious figures, including TONY BLAIR, ALASTAIR CAMPBELL, MICHAEL PORTILLO, NIGEL FARAGE, NEIL KINNOCK, JACOB REES-MOGG JOHN PRESCOTT, JACK STRAW, DAME TESSA JOWELL, GEORGE GALLOWAY, JIM MURPHY and CHARLES CLARKE. The show is also released as a podcast which has been downloaded over 500,000 times, hit the top spot of the iTunes comedy chart, was picked as the Daily Telegraph’s podcast of the week, picked as the Times podcast of the week and was nominated for the Internet Award in the 2015 Chortle Awards. Previous podcasts are available to download here: http://apple.co/1TSmgHZ

Matt is bringing his tour to Stafford Gatehouse On 8 December 2016 and I chatted to the man himself about his show:

Thanks for talking to Break A Leg, can you tell me about the production and what the audience can expect from this show?

Honestly, it’s a pleasure to be talking to you. I’m currently watching Back to the Future II so I’m feeling particularly good about life.

Anyway, yes, it’s a stand-up comedy show about the absolute madness that is British politics. Now with added Trump.

How have the audience reactions been so far when you have taken your tour to other venues?

I’m very lucky that the audiences have been brilliant. I think people really enjoy having a good laugh about the state of things!

Have you a favourite venue and do you find that different geographical areas react in different ways?

Leeds City Varieties, obviously. Even though I haven’t performed there yet. I’m sure that anyone reading this who’s coming to the gig will make sure that it’s the best audience I’ve ever performed to.

There are some local differences but not many. Anything about the SNP goes down better in Scotland as it’s a bit more specific but other than that, not really.

Do you have much of a problem with hecklers at your shows? How do you deal with hecklers?

Not at all. At rowdy comedy clubs you might get a bit but it rarely happens to me and it’s not as big a part of comedy as it used to be. I sometimes chat to the crowd but I never really have to deal with heckling. On the rare occasion it’s happened I just ask them to repeat what they’ve said and then take the piss out of them for it. I think it’s seen as quite a dated, boorish thing to do.

Where did your interest in politics stem from?

 I honestly don’t know, I’ve always found it fascinating. Not only is it important and can help change the world, it’s also full of exciting and sometimes completely ridiculous characters.

 Finally, what would you say to sell the show to the people who’ve yet to buy a ticket?

I’d say “look – I’m coming all the way to Leeds to entertain you and you know what? You deserve a good night out. You work hard and you need a bit of light relief in your life. Treat yourself”

Thanks to Matt for a fantastic interview, make sure you buy your tickets and catch him on his tour!

Tickets can be booked to see the show in Stafford, here: https://www.staffordgatehousetheatre.co.uk/

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