Rob Auton: Edinburgh Preview

York born writer, comedian and one time actor Rob Auton has ideas, writes them down and says them to audiences at comedy nights, poetry nights and at theatres at night. Rob has been standing up and saying things to audiences up, down and across the British Isles since 2008. He has written five five star rated Edinburgh fringe shows, 2012’s The Yellow Show, 2013’sThe Sky Show,  2014’s The Face Show,  2015’s The Water Show and 2016’sThe Sleep Show. He continues to build an audience through his unique world view and was the 2014 Glastonbury Festival official ‘Poet in Residence’ where Cerys Matthews told him live on air on Radio 6 “Rob, I could talk to you forever.”

In 2014 the Guardian called Rob “a genuine original” after seeing his Edinburgh fringe show The Face Show (an hour long comedy/theatre show about faces). In 2013 Rob won the ‘Dave Funniest Joke of The Fringe’ award with a gag about Chinese Wispas. On the day the news broke, Rob spoke to Vanessa Feltz on Radio 2, the conversation resulting in her saying “that’s just sad”, a quote that will stick with Rob forever.

Rob has had two collections of writing and illustrations published by Burning Eye books and has had his poetry turned into short films and shown on Channel 4. Rob also starred in and co-wrote the short film The Peamaster which was nominated for best short film at the 2012 Milan Film Festival. He was shortlisted for the 2015 Arts Foundation Spoken Word Prize in association with the Southbank Centre. His first Soho Theatre run will take place in Spring 2015.

Rob was a finalist for The Arts Foundation Spoken Word Award and is a regular poet at top spoken word night Bang Said the Gun. 

‘Entirely compelling to watch.’ – Daniel Kitson

“Charming, eccentric and uplifting, Auton is a talent to watch” – The Independent

“poetical, philosophical, humane, completely charming and funny to boot” – The Guardian

“Comedy could use a few more Rob Autons – unafraid of sincerity and all the better for it.” ★★★★★ – The Skinny

“We need him” – The Scotsman

“Few artists have ever managed to consistently provide me with such joy and pleasure as Rob Auton. I always leave in awe of how good he is” – 
Scroobius Pip

 “Gaunt and deliberate” – Newsweek

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Follow Rob on Twitter: @RobertAuton

Matt Forde

Matt is one of the country’s most in-demand satirists appearing on Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Rory Bremner’s Coalition Report (BBC Two), 8 out of 10 Cats (Channel 4), Question Time (BBC One), This Week (BBC One) and Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC Three). He also starred alongside Jon Richardson in Channel 4’s Jon Richardson Grows Up.

2015 saw Matt take his sell-out, critically-acclaimed 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show 24-Hour Political Party People for a week-long run at the Soho Theatre as well as tour it nationwide.

Matt’s monthly residency in London, The Political Party, sells-out Westminster’s St James’ Theatre. Alongside Matt’s trademark topical current affairs stand-up, the show brings Parliament to life as he interviews some of politics’ most notorious figures, including Alastair Campbell, Nigel Farage, Michael Portillo, Dame Tessa Jowell, John Prescott, Alan Johnson, David Davis, Stella Creasy, Jack Straw and George Galloway. The show is also released as a podcast which has amassed over 100,000 downloads on Soundcloud, hit the top spot of the iTunes comedy chart, was picked as the Daily Telegraph’s podcast of the week, and was nominated for the Internet Award in the 2015 Chortle Awards. He subsequently launched a spin-off show The Sports Party which interviews sporting figures alongside celebrity fans and is broadcast on talkSPORT.  Previous guests have included Jimmy Bullard, Eric Hall, Dave Bassett, Jon Richardson and Romesh Ranganathan.

As a writer Matt has worked regularly on 8 out of 10 Cats (C4), Russell Howard’s Good News (BBC3), The Last Leg (C4) and Stand Up for the Week (C4).

Matt can be heard on the radio on The Now Show, The News Quiz (both BBC Radio 4) and on his own weekly show on talkSPORT. Matt regularly reviews the newspapers for Sky News and has contributed to features on ITV’s evening news.

“A first class comic” – The Guardian

“Highly engaging, inherently funny… An ability to ad lib laughs out of thin air.” – Chortle

“Thanks goodness for Matt Forde…Combining spot-on impressions with up-to-the-minutes observations.” – ★★★★ Mail on Sunday

★★★★★ – The Herald
★★★★ – Mail on Sunday
★★★★ – The List
★★★★ – Three Weeks