Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jacob Meets the Joker in Rees-Mogg Land; COMEDY

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jacob Meets the Joker in Rees-Mogg Land; COMEDY

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Byline: BRUCE DESSAU

THE POLITICAL PARTY WITH MATT FORDE St James Theatre, SW1 THIS was an interesting gig in numerous ways. The venue was packed, but not with hardcore comedy fans. Several seats were filled by workers from Westminster. Matt Forde's monthly club features stand-up alongside interviews with heavyweight politicians -- and we mean heavyweight. Tony Blair has pitched up with his security team.

Last night's booking was less major but still intriguing. Jacob Rees-Mogg was as engaging as one would expect for anyone who has seen this Savile Row-suited Tory MP on television. Honest, if shrewd enough not to give too much away.

Before the serious stuff came the laughs. Forde's opening monologue was peppered with topical quips. After skewering Iain Duncan Smith he homed in on Education Secretary Nicky Morgan being heckled by teachers and wondered why she did not say: "It's your own time you are wasting." After the interval Forde was joined by Rees-Mogg, who argued against the sugar tax and said that Brexit means retaining the benefits of trade with Europe with none of the negatives. …

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