Matt Forde: A Show Hastily Rewritten in Light of Recent Events – Again! (3 stars)

This article is from 2017

Matt Forde: A Show Hastily Rewritten in Light of Recent Events . . . Again!

Some great gags and stunning impersonations mask the loss of other material

Time certainly waits for no one, and when it comes to scripting another Fringe show, history has developed a cute habit of slapping politically aware comedy acts around the face. Through his show title, Matt Forde has signposted the struggles he's encountered in coming up with a locked and loaded new hour, with the inevitable result being one or two straggly ends letting down the tighter structure around them.

The lingering feeling is that Forde had to ditch a swathe of material and replaced it with a very (very) long impersonation of Donald Trump. It's absolutely spot on, of course, the facial mannerisms, vocal gymnastics, and ridiculous finger gestures studied and perfected to an extraordinary level. But the routine overstays its welcome (possibly an unintended allusion to the president himself), though his comparison of short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci to Danny Dyer is very enjoyable. Similarly, you'd have thought that Forde's Ed Miliband would have long been put to bed now, with the former Labour leader's recent Radio 2 appearance sitting in for Jeremy Vine barely justifying the stage time he is afforded here.

But for all its flaws, Forde's show is tight and funny in all the right places, amusingly drawing links between Vince Cable and the dog from the Churchill ads, while he has great lines about the 'red, white and blue' Brexit, those screaming for a burqa ban, and Corbyn's Glastonbury appearance. If the world would just politely slow down a bit, Matt Forde might be able to pen the perfect show.

Pleasance Courtyard, until 27 Aug, 8.30pm, £12–£14 (£10–£12).

Matt Forde: A Show Hastily Rewritten In Light of Recent Events Again!

Star of Unspun with Matt Forde dolls out political comedy and satire.