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At 26, Matt Kirshen's precision wit has already earned him an impressive reputation on the UK comedy circuit. His engagingly impish style is shot through with an intelligent and skillful talent that belies his youthful appearance, making him a firm favourite with audiences and fellow comedians alike. With an impressive array of awards and press accolades under his belt, Matt is set to storm the Edinburgh Festival with his first solo show. Catch him now and say you saw him first.
"A rollercoaster of comedy genius" The Scotsman.
"His performance is the perfect mix of innocence and post-adolescent cynicism driven by infectious energy." Metro Life Magazine
"Excellent" The Stage
"Killer gags" Metro
"Matt Kirshen is a definite one to watch, his innocent looks belying a sharp, surreal and often gloriously sick mind" Metro
"A pocket sized dynamo" The Evening Standard
After a triumphant win at the 2003 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition, Matt became an instant success on the the prestigious London and UK comedy circuit, a welcome regular at The Comedy Store, Jongleurs, The Glee, The Stand, Just The Tonic ,Belfast Empire, The Hyena, Jesters, Rawhide, Laughter House, Komedia, as well as university tours the length and breadth of the UK. He has performed to festival crowds at Glastonbury, Oxford Truck and The Carling Weekend in Reading and Leeds.
He was a featured support act on Marcus Brigstoke and Jeff Green's UK tours in 2005, and will open for Ed Byrne on his forthcoming 50 date tour of UK and Ireland in 2006.
Matt's many international appearances include The Laughter Lounge, Dublin, and gigs for both English-speaking and local audiences in Dubai , Oman, Singapore, The USA, France, Austria and Germany.
Already an established fixture at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Matt has made numerous appearances at the renowned Late and Live, Spank, BBC Stand Up Show, and Micky D's Phat Caves, to name just a few. He has appeared in the line up of prestigious package shows Big Value and Hackney Empire's Cave Comedy, and in 2004, shone in the critically-acclaimed 5 star sketch show Stickmen: Year One. In 2006, he brings his hugely-anticipated first solo show Have You Seen This Boy? to the Pleasance Courtyard.
Notable Awards: Hackney Empire New Act of the Year 2003, Comedy Store Kings of Kings 2003, Paramount Comedy Channel Gift of the Gab 2003 (runner up).
Notable TV and Radio appearances: The Late Edition, 8 out of 10 Cats (writer), 28 Acts in 28 Minutes, ITV's Reading Festival coverage, TV Heroes (writer), Stand Up Great Britain, BBC New Comedy Awards, BB7's Spanking New Comedy.