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 up indiscriminately on everyone. The show is definitely best enjoyed by someone with a basic who’s-who of British politics, but Forde is careful to give context on any more obscure references.
The show feels a little unpolished in its flow, but it’s nonetheless impressive that Forde has pulled the thing together so recently in the wake of a change in prime minister. It’s not giving away much to say the show contains a Boris Johnson impression or two, and Forde has our new PM down to a T.
Forde has the charisma of a professional performer, but on this occasion didn’t seem entirely at ease when ad-libbing or interacting with the audience. Later in the show he suffered a performer’s nightmare of two separate walk-outs, but his bumbling attempts to heckle both men caused more painful audience silence than laughter.
The content of the show doesn’t reach too far beyond the low-hanging fruit of ridiculing politician’s most laughable foibles, but Forde is consistently entertaining and his unrivalled impersonations are enough to be worth a watch on their own.