A sharp brain, quick wit and an infectious laugh are the hallmarks of Matt Forde - one of the country’s most in-demand satirists. 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.
Having appeared on The Royal Variety Performance, Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, Rory Bremner’s Coalition Report and Election Report, 8 out of 10 Cats, Question Time, This Week and Jon Richardson Grows Up, he currently presents Absolute Radio’s weekly Rock n Roll Football Show.
2015 saw Matt take his sell-out, critically-acclaimed 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show 24-Hour Political Party People for a week-long run at the Soho Theatre as well as tour it nationwide. He returned to the Edinburgh Festival in 2015 with his new show, Get the Political Party Started, which enjoyed a sell-out run, before going on to run for a week at Soho Theatre and a nationwide tour.
In 2019, Matt hosted the Alternative News Desk for Channel 4’s election night coverage, chaired the One Nation Conservative leadership hustings and debated Britain’s withdrawal from the EU with Tony Blair for the Institute of Global Change.
Matt’s monthly residency in London, The Political Party, regularly sells-out Westminster’s The Other Palace. Alongside his trademark up-to-the-minute current affairs stand-up, the show brings Parliament to life as Matt interviews some of politics’ most significant characters.
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 for talkSPORT radio which saw Matt interview sporting figures alongside celebrity fans. Guests of the series included Jimmy Bullard, Eric Hall, Dave Bassett, Jon Richardson and Romesh Ranganathan.
Matt previously hosted his own late-night show on the station, as well as co-hosting The Warm Up with Jon Richardson which took a light-hearted look at the weekends football fixtures each Saturday from 11am-1pm.
Previously, he has also been heard on the radio on The Now Show and The News Quiz (both on BBC Radio 4) and he regularly reviews the newspapers for Sky News and has contributed to features on ITV’s evening news.