Matt Forde: 24 Hour Political Party People (4 stars)

This article is from 2014

Matt Forde: 24 Hour Political Party People

Edinburgh Festival Fringe performance featuring political comedy and excellent impressions

A groan from the crowd at the beginning suggests that some punters are not quite ready for a solid hour of British politics with impressions. The title, 24 Hour Political Party People, was surely something of a giveaway but in these curiously apolitical-comedy times, Matt Forde is a rare animal.

Remaining New Labour to his core, Forde continues to bear no ill-will towards Tony Blair, pitching him as an impressive statesman who marches around ‘pointing at things’ while poor Ed Miliband constantly looks as though he’s done a mischief in his trousers. Though it does feel a little rich that Forde should berate the current Labour leader for telling lies about the first thing he thinks about in the morning (probably not the cost-of-living crisis, as he claims) given the porkies his idol was accused of spouting.

The impressions are uniformly excellent (though his Miliband does veer oddly towards Hardeep Singh Kohli territory) and the relish with which he delivers his William Hague is tempered by a genuine sadness Forde feels at the prospect of the former Foreign Secretary exeunting the political stage right. But with ‘characters’ like Farage and Boris kicking about, he’s unlikely to be short of material.

Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 24 Aug, 2.30pm, £8.50–£10 (£7–£9).

Matt Forde: It's My Political Party (and I'll Cry if I Want to)

  • 4 stars

Politics jokes (which, to be fair, seem pretty easy these days) from Forde, former adviser to New Labour.