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"Being in the top ten feels like getting a massage from a burly man. I know it's doing me good, but I still feel a bit dirty."
- MATT KIRSHEN upon learning he was a finalist.
At 27, 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 favorite with audiences and fellow comedians alike. With an impressive array of awards and press accolades under his belt, Matt stormed the Edinburgh Festival with his first solo show.
After a triumphant win at the 2003 Hackney Empire New Act of the Year competition, Matt became an instant success on 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 that span 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 theatre tours in 2005, and opened for Ed Byrne on his 50 date theatre tour of the 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, Malta, Holland, France, Austria and Germany, and, most recently, The USA