A sharp brain, quick wit and an infectious laugh are the hallmarks of Matt Forde. A former political adviser, Matt isn't a typical thirty-something; a passionate, opinionated and excitable young man he loves football, ‘Prime Minister's Questions' and pasties. He has also gone to extraordinary lengths to get close to both Tony Blair and Brian Clough - and has the pictures to prove it.
Matt has recently appeared on Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Rory Bremner’s Coalition Report (BBC Two), Mock the Week (BBC2 Two), 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Question Time (BBC One), This Week (BBC One), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three) and The Royal Variety Performance 2015. He co-hosts talkSPORT’s Saturday football show The Warm-Up, with Jon Richardson. In 2014 he also starred alongside Jon in Channel 4’s Jon Richardson Grows Up.
Matt Forde is a writer on Russell Howard's Good News (BBC3) having previously written for 8 Out of 10 Cats (Channel 4) and Stand-Up for the Week (Channel 4). He regularly reviews the papers for Sky News and also has a number of scripted projects in development.
At the 2011 Edinburgh Festival, Matt performed his first solo stand-up show to great commercial and critical acclaim. The success of his Edinburgh show this summer “Eyes to the Right, Nose to the Left” has inspired Matt Forde's Political Party, his sell-out live topical stand up show with an interview with a politician that is performed monthly at the St James Theatre.
Matt’s monthly residency in London, The Political Party, sells-out Westminster’s St James’ Theatre. 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, Michael Portillo, Dame Tessa Jowell, 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 show The Sports Party which interviews sporting figures alongside celebrity fans and is broadcast on talkSPORT. Previous guests have included Jimmy Bullard, Eric Hall, Dave Bassett, Jon Richardson and Romesh Ranganathan.
It was great and Matt was fantastic. Great night – and a really lovely bloke too!
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