Matthew Highton

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Renowned for his work on the alternative scene Matthew Highton is a gifted storyteller who can wow audiences with gripping flights of fancy, but also turn to his real life to craft engrossing tales that breathing with warmth and hilarity. His career has seen him on BBC Three, Radio 4and Radio 4 Extra performing his critically acclaimed solo shows at festivals across the world.

Highton is also a director, writer and collaborator for the 2018 Chortle award winningand Dave’s Leicester Comedy FestivalAwards nominated Weirdos Collective (“Making us laugh at very strange things” The Independent, “The closest thing we have to a modern day Comic Strip” Chortle), and co-founder of Chortle nominated, live, improvised comedy show,  Comedians Cinema Club(“One of the best audience-participation shows” The Guardian), which has now grown to house residencies in London, Brighton and LA and has its own series of widely-regarded podcasts.

Away from his live work Highton is a skilled filmmaker, writing and directing sketches, trailers and short films.  His debut short film ‘Santageddon’, (which stars some of the biggest and best names in the UK comedy circuit) was officially selected for festivals worldwide, including the Leeds International Film Festival and the Glasgow Short Film Festival.

Current projects include a residency writing, directing and performing for the multi award winning Beano Studiosas well as directing and performing on their new Sky TVchildren’s show So Beano. He is also writing scripts that are being animated for Channel 4’sMashedand is co-hosting a Resonanceradio show and with the multi award winning Tony Law.

Through his love of film, gaming and pop culture, Highton has also become the resident host across all of the Belgium ComicConsand has performed at conventions including EGX, MCM’s London ComicConand was part of the critically-acclaimed stage adaption of cult TV show, Knightmare Live (**** Den of Geek) and appeared on Radio 4’s Film Programme.

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 director/writer/performers working today.

 

Selected Press:

“Highton has the storytellers gift.” ★★★★ Steve Bennett – Chortle
“Wonderful.”  The Guardian
“Fascinating in parts, moving in others, and there’s plenty to laugh at too.” Time Out London – Critic’s Choice
“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
“Warm, intelligent and beautifully written.” The List




Credits:

LIVE/STAGE
GOOD LUCK SLEEPING JERKS Self
KNIGHTMARE LIVE Lead Knightmare Live
THE COLONEL Macdonald Weirdos Highton /
Larter
IT CAME FROM THE MUD Self
TV
VIDEOGAME NATION Writer Ginx TV Simon
Longden
CONSOLE YOURSELF Self Ginx TV Simon
Longden
RADIO
FILM PROGRAM Self BBC Radio 4 Stephen Hugues

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