Matt Forde

Matt Forde

Matt Forde began his comedy career in 1998 at the age of 16, performing at gigs in his hometown of Nottingham while working for the East Midlands Labour Party. With his political views forming the backbone to his stand-up, Forde debuted his hour-long show, Dishonourable Member, at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe. He has also written for 8 Out of 10 Cats, presents a weekly show on talkSPORT, and co-hosted a radio show with Jon Richardson on BBC 6 Music.
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C4's Alternative Election Night returns

Katherine Ryan and Matt Forde among the team

Channel 4's Alternative Election Night is to return with a new team.

Katherine Ryan, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Rylan Clark-Neal are to host the show, which kicks off just as polls close on December 12.

Political comic Matt Forde, a former Labour aide, will run the show's 'alternative news desk', trade website Broadcast reports, with other guests including Tez Ilyas, former deputy Labour leader Tom Watson, and former Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

It will be the fourth time Channel 4 has presented a satirical political show in contrast to the results programmes on other channels,

The shows started in 2010 with Jimmy Carr, David Mitchell, Charlie Brooker and Lauren Laverne. The format returned in 2015, with Mitchell joined by Jeremy Paxman, with Richard Osman joining the pair for the 2017 show.

The all-nighter is being made by Expectation, which also produces The Tez O'Clock Show and The Big Narstie Show.

Ben Wicks, the company's comedy entertainment creative director, told Broadcast: 'Alternative Election Night will put our sharpest comics, most talented entertainers and most forensic journalists into contact with the winners, losers and also rans on this most historic of election nights.'

Channel 4 commissioner Louisa Compton told Broadcast: 'The Alternative Election will be distinctive, fresh and very entertaining, offering up the perfect mix of two political heavyweights who've just walked out of front-line politics as well some great comedians and entertainers. '

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Published: 18 Nov 2019

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