Matthew is a storyteller and stand-up, whose work is renowned for his distinct imagination and ability to captivate. Versatile in his performance, not only does his work encompass wonderfully surreal themes he is also fully apt in turning stories from his past into beautifully charming and hilarious performances. All of this has seen him complete several successful solo shows that have been featured numerous times as Time Out London’s Critics Choice and taken him all the way to Australia. With a keen eye for the abstract and an unfathomable commitment to his work, this affable Northerner is one of the most unique and stimulating performers working today.
Recently Matthew has appeared on BBC radio 4’s The Film Program, written for Go8Bit (Dave) and directed live show Double Acts.
Matthew is also a leading force in the Chortle nominated, alternative collective Weirdos ‘It’s becoming the closest thing we have to a modern day Comic Strip’ Steve Bennett – Chortle “Making comedy more exciting than it has been for age” – Bruce Dessau . Within it he co-wrote and directed their 2013’s alternative Christmas Panto, The Colonel and directed both 2014’s A Christmas Tail and 2015 Weirdos for Christmas Number 1, which have been featured in the Christmas must sees for both the Independents and Time Out.
Matthew also has residencies at Comedians Cinema Club and Geekatorium, as well as playing a lead role in sell out smash Knightmare Live, which which is preparing for a second national theatre tour that closes at The Lyric Theatre in London
As well as this Matthew is an accomplished filmmaker, creating the online sketch show The Thinking Shower and having just completed his first short film Santageddon which is currently being submitted and featured in festivals around the world.
Above all else Matthew has a passion for popular culture, especially gaming and film and loves nothing more than to talk, in length about these things.
“Delivers an often compelling storytelling show from his real and unusual life […] Enough jaw-dropping tales of violence that could probably make him a Yorkshire Tarantino, should he wish.” Steve Bennett – Chortle (4 Stars)
“Fascinating in parts, moving in others, and there’s plenty to laugh at too.” Time Out London – Critic’s Choice
“Wonderful surrealism.” The Guardian
“Highton is captivating. His story is one you’ll want to listen to until the end.” Adelaide Now
“Disorientating, bizarre and rather brilliant.” Broadway Baby (4 Stars)
“Warm, intelligent and beautifully written.” The List
“We are potentially watching one of the super-comics of the future.” Fringe Guru
“Shaggy-haired, maverick raconteur” Three Weeks – Edinburgh (4 Stars)
“Awesomely surreal my favourite act so far this festival, it seems almost criminal that his show was free. Matthew Highton is definitely one to look out for in the future.” Three Weeks -Brighton (4 Stars)
“Full of imagination.” The Skinny
“Daring and different.” The New Current
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|KNIGHTMARE LIVE||Lead||Knightmare Live|
|THE COLONEL||Macdonald||Weirdos||Highton /
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|VIDEOGAME NATION||Writer||Ginx TV||Simon
|CONSOLE YOURSELF||Self||Ginx TV||Simon
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