Matt Forde attempts 650 candidate interviews before polling day

Matt Forde is taking on an ambitious challenge to interview a candidate from all 650 constituencies before polling day on the 4 July.

The interviews will be featured on his hit podcast, The Political Party, which will start releasing episodes daily from 3 June.

This is the first time anyone has undertaken such a challenge during a single election campaign. Forde’s interviews will take place in various settings to capture the full range of candidate perspectives.

Some will be conducted remotely, while others in-person, including select sessions in front of live audiences, or in more unconventional spots, which may or may not include pubs, battle buses and army barracks.

Talking about the feat Matt said: “I love interviewing politicians, so when the election was called, I thought I’d try and interview them all. After beating cancer, I need a new gruelling task. If politics is the art of the possible, then The Political Party is the art of the impossible”

Matt Forde. Photo credit David Monteith Hodge
Matt Forde – Photo: David Monteith Hodge

Matt’s hit live podcast The Political Party transferred to the West End’s Duchess Theatre in 2021, after over 70 sold out shows at Westminster’s The Other Palace, for an extended fortnightly residency continuing in to 2024.

He has brought Parliament to life with his stand-up and debate with some of politics’ most powerful figures including Keir Starmer, Nicola Sturgeon, Tony Blair, Eddie Izzard, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Angela Rayner, Michael Heseltine, Anthony Scaramucci, Alastair Campbell, Gordon Brown and Gary Neville.

The Political Party has over 9 million downloads, received many nominations from award bodies including the British Podcast Awards and Chortle Awards, and is regularly highlighted as a top podcast pick in the press.

Described as “our foremost satirical stand-up” by The Sunday Times, Matt has toured critically acclaimed shows nationwide including most recently Clowns To The Left of Me, Jokers To The Right in 2022 and Inside No. 10 in 2023.

He currently presents Absolute Radio’s weekly Rock ‘n’ Roll Football Show. He is also the co-host of Wondery’s British Podcast Award winning British Scandal alongside Alice Levine.

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