Political Comedy Re-written in Light of Recent Events –Again!

Political Comedy Re-written in Light of Recent Events –Again!

Matt Forde/ The Atkinson
Friday 13 October /8pm

One of the country’s most in-demand satirists and host of Dave’s ultra-topical political comedy show Unspun comes to The Atkinson this month to present a show completely changed by events which haven’t yet happened, delivers ultra-topical comedy as seen on The Royal Variety Performance, Mock the Week, The One Show and Question Time. Now, with added Trump!

“A first class comic”The Guardian

He has sold out the prestigious Cabaret Bar with his latest show before taking it to London’s Soho Theatre ahead of his latest nationwide tour. His Edinburgh 2017 show has been completely rewritten in light of the general election result and is titled A Show Completely Rewritten in Light of Current Events – Again!

Matt’s monthly residency in London, The Political Party, sells-out Westminster’s The Other Palace Theatre months in advance. 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, Nick Clegg, Michael Portillo, William Hague Dame Tessa Jowell, Ed Balls, John Prescott, Alan Johnson, David Davis, Stella Creasy, Jack Straw and George Galloway.

“Smooth as silk. Brings confidence and energy to political satire.” **** Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

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 radio show The Sports Party for talkSPORT which interviewed sporting figures alongside celebrity fans, with guests including Jimmy Bullard, Eric Hall, Dave Bassett, Jon Richardson and Romesh Ranganathan.

“Highly engaging, inherently funny… An ability to ad lib laughs out of thin air.”

In 2016 Matt also hosted a weekly radio show with Jon Richardson on talkSPORT; The Warm Up, which took a lighthearted look at the weekends football fixtures each Saturday from 11am-1pm. Matt has also been heard on the radio on The Now Show and The News Quiz (both on BBC Radio 4). Matt occasionally reviews the newspapers for Sky News and has contributed to features on ITV’s evening news too.

“Thanks goodness for Matt Forde…Combining spot-on impressions with up-to-the-minutes observations.” **** Mail on Sunday

The funny man himself comes to The Atkinson on Friday 13 October at 8pm. Tickets are on sale now for £15* (Booking fees apply)



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Matt Forde

Friday 13 October, 8pm




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About The Atkinson

The Atkinson is Southport’s beautiful home for music, theatre, art, poetry, literature and history, right in the middle of Lord Street in Southport. The stunning 19th century buildings were refurbished in 2013 to create a really welcoming family friendly multi art-form venue with a strong contemporary feel.


The Atkinson offers an exciting and varied destination for families, cultural tourists and arts enthusiasts alike, with a full day and night time offer. Wander through the major exhibitions and see performances from some of the UK’s foremost musicians, actors, performers and companies, films, family activities and much more.


Find out about Sefton’s heritage with amazing tales of the sea, Red Rum, Dan Dare and Motor racing in the Museum and then ‘Discover Ancient Egypt’   in our Egyptology Gallery, this remarkable collection of archaeology was  discovered by Mrs Goodison from Bootle and until 2015 had not been seen for over 40 years.


Our lovely gift shop  is well worth a visit, with its handmade in Merseyside jewellery and crafts collection and Southport memorabilia and then relax in our new café – Great Little Place now open!

Posted on 2 October 2017 under General news

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