Unspun with Matt Forde (TV recording): ITV Studios, Southbank, London, 2018
Always Be Comedy (2 shows): The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2018
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2019
Matt Forde’s Political Party Podcast: Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh, 2019
Matt Forde: Brexit Pursued by A Bear: Soho Theatre, London, 2020
Always Be Comedy Online (2 shows): Online: 2020
I attended a TV recording of Unspun with Matt Forde at the ITV Studios in London in March 2018. I had not been to the studios in a long time – I used to go every Thursday to watch many television recordings of comedy or chat shows and it was great to back. One of the stewards even remembered me! I was in good company too with amazing warm-up man, James Gill effortlessly preparing the audience for the show.
Matt Forde is a very funny stand-up comedian, accurate political impersonator and amiable host. The show itself featured sketches, jokes, guests and reaction to the latest news. Forde also had a house band called MP4 which, as the name suggests, was made up of Members of Parliament.
I saw Forde again in July 2018 performing an Edinburgh preview at Always Be Comedy. What I love about his act is that he simply tries to make sense of all the current political confusion in the world which results in mockery for all world leaders and political parties. Thrown into the mix is accurate observational impersonations, Forde gave a tight, ridiculously funny and up to the minute view of the state of the nation.
Forde also appeared as a special guest at the Always Be Comedy Christmas Charity show in December 2018. He was a big hit with the audience providing pin-point political impersonations and he appeared again in July 2019 for his new Edinburgh preview show where his Brexit analysis and state of US politics was honest, extremely well researched and hilarious with extremely accurate and impersonations of amongst others, Boris Johnson and Donald Trump.
In August 2019, I watched Matt Forde interview Kazia Dugdale for his Political Party Podcast at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Dugdale, the Leader of the Scottish Labour Party from 2015 to 2017 made a great guest and was lively, entertaining and informative.
In January 2020, I went to the Soho Theatre in London to watch Forde in his show Brexit Pursued by A Bear. Every side of the political range was as ever lampooned and featured superb impressions of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Donald Trump and well as a basic who’s who of leading governmental figures. Forde was consistent entertaining and very funny ridiculing the confused state of present-day British politics.
In April 2020, Always Be Comedy Online was launched. The show was forced to go on-line because of the global threat of Coronavirus, and everybody had to stay isolated. Nottingham Forest fan Forde was due to appear in the first show and he phoned MC James Gill live online to say he wasn’t going to do the show! Luckily Gill had got ‘actual’ Donald Trump to step in. It was clearly the ‘real’ Trump as he had all the Nottingham Forest stuff on the Whitehall Oval Office wall! Three weeks later at another Online show, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation (looking remarkably like Forde) with a hysterical inspired speech.
Forde is a wonderful satirist who explains things using comparisons that register with the audience and is an exceptionally talented comic performer.