Matt Forde's latest show -
Forde has a keen eye and a cutting wit, but also a genuine warmth and excitement that tempers his razor-edged satire and keeps the audience on his side
Of course, a political comedian's material is only as good as the events they base it on, and the last year has been a good one for satire. There is the labour leadership poll, the Scottish referendum, as well as the host of scandals and controversies that seem to pop up every other week. All to these give Forde an excuse to rattle through his myriad of impressions, from the confused and wide-eyed Miliband to his ferocious Sturgeon.
It is clear that Forde has a keen eye and a cutting wit, but also a genuine warmth and excitement that tempers his razor-edged satire and keeps the audience on his side, regardless of political persuasion. This is helped by the fact that his material has no bias, and despite Forde's history as advisor to the Labour party, every party receives the same hilarious treatment.
Due to a public shift away from the two-party system into a wider interest in politics, Forde's material now covers not only the main three parties, but also UKIP, the Greens, SNP, Plaid Cymru and more. Whilst this allows for a progression within his act, and stops it feeling stale, it may be slightly harder to follow for those without a in-depth knowledge of the current political landscape - but the show has enough actual jokes and laugh-out-loud moments to sustain the interest of most audience members.