Matt Forde: Brexit, Pursued by a Bear

Comedy (political)

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Join Britain's leading political comedian as he once again promises his last show as an EU citizen (maybe). Matt Forde (as seen on Have I Got News For You, Mock the Week, The Royal Variety Performance and Question Time). 'Possibly the best political comedy show on the Fringe' ***** (Dominic Cavendish, Telegraph). 'Is there a better political comic than Matt Forde currently working in the UK? I can't think of another to touch him' ****½ (Jay Richardson, 'A stand-up of rare skill' **** (Stephen Armstrong, Sunday Times).

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Mark Quinn 106 days ago

Fantastic stuff from Matt Forde. Needle sharp wit with NO political party escaping his wrath. His Trump is simply genius. Brilliant show !! Five stars !

Graeme Jackson 108 days ago

If you go to this show, take with you a large measure of your favourite tipple, and play the "Democracy Bingo" game.... Every time Matt says "Democracy" or "Democratic Process" take a sip from your drink...... I can safely gaurantee that at the end of the hour you will be more sober than when the show started.....

Alastair McInnes 111 days ago

Matt really knows his stuff - and it shows. If you're not in favour of a no-deal Brexit and despair at the current state of British politics, treat this as an hour-long therapy session. If you ARE in favour of a no-deal Brexit, you should definitely see this show because it's high time someone pointed out the truth...

UK Family At The Fringe 116 days ago

Not a big fan of politics so don't have a lot of insight (went along with the rest of the family) but still found Matt very funny. It's not hard to poke fun at the UK's political situation at moment and he did it well. Enjoyed the impersonations of Trump and Johnson. Can recommend.

Crispian Denby 118 days ago

So many easy targets for a vicious satirist.
If you despair at the state of politics now, then this show will do nothing to change your opinion. If however you see Pangloss through Candide’s eyes, then maybe this would be troubling for you.
Either way, Forde is funny, and he reads the newspapers (actually, he probably gets closer to the action than that), so is brutally topical.

Mike Tivnen 118 days ago

Third year running we’ve seen Matt do a Brexit-centric set. Although each has been quite different to the last, it just goes to show how UK politics has become mired in the issue, squeezing the life out of almost any other subject.. Other than Trump that is who, here, is conjured up at the imagined joint press conference with Boris that Matt (and all of us, I suspect) can hardly wait for. It helps if you have some awareness of the characters further into the articles below the headlines, but as long as you don’t violently disagree with his Remainer political perspective, it’s the kind of show you can just sit back, relax and enjoy his evisceration of the lying, disingenuous politicians who are making the decisions for us. Proper professional.

Doug Bissett 120 days ago

Good political comedy. Some good impressions too.

Alasdair Scott 127 days ago

Well, the politicians have given Matt a fantastic load of material to work on this year, and he's really done it justice with a very funny show, probably one of his best. More satire/jokes/chat and less swearing than last year, which is an improvement in my view. If you enjoy laughing at hypocritical incompetent politicians of all types being given a poke in the eye, this is for you. Well worth a ticket.

J Clark 129 days ago

4⭐ An hour full of laughs, as long as you enjoy politics. If you don't this show isn't for you. Matt was great on stage and don't worry he picks on every policital side of the spectrum.

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One4Review (4.5/5 stars) 107 days ago

For many years now TV and radio political funny man has been stunning his audiences at Edinburgh Fringe with his no nonsense style of satire pointing out the events, flaws and foibles of a whole raft of British and overseas … Read More...

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The Student Newspaper 107 days ago

Overall, Matt Forde brings a fresh verve to a subject matter that many satirists feel has reached its cultural expiration date. It is impossible to be too downtrodden at a show where elderly audience members wear stickers emblazoned with the slogan “Bollocks to Brexit”. Although at times expectedly predictable, Forde gives a brilliant take on Britain’s Achilles heel.

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Chortle (3.5/5 stars) 108 days ago

In an ideal world, we wouldn’t need comics like Matt Forde. As he makes abundantly clear at the start of his latest show, Britain is basically screwed at the moment. The least we can do is have some gallows humour about it. ...

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 112 days ago

Matt Forde is the consummate political comedian, but you leave Brexit: Pursued by a Bear with the sense that even he is finding it hard to find the funny in Brexit. Last year at the Fringe, farcical attempts to negotiate a deal were still ongoing. This year Forde walks on...

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The Times [paywall] (4/5 stars) 117 days ago

“We meet in desperate circumstances,” announces Matt Forde, setting the tone for the hour of mordant political satire that follows. I’m not saying that Forde’s dissection of the state of affairs is gloomy in his show Brexit, Pursued by a Bear. But on your way home from the show you...

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FringeReview 117 days ago

The blurb for Matt Forde described last year’s show as ‘possibly the best political show on the Fringe’. That is a great accolade to win two years running. Here we have a savage swipe at the state of the nation, responsibility for which he lays firmly at the door of...

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Broadway Baby (5/5 stars) 122 days ago

Matt Forde’s reputation as one of our finest political satirists moves into even more assured territory with this caustic and superbly angry hour of impressions and observations. At a time when political angst and argy-bargy are more visible in our everyday interactions than any other time in recent memory, this...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 126 days ago

Matt Forde has been bringing acerbic political comedy to the Fringe for years, and 2019 has given him no shortage of material for the undeniably funny Brexit, Pursued by a Bear. As ever, Forde turns his mocking attention to every side of the political spectrum and the heat is turned...

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