Spitting Image star Matt Forde says he’s “a bit happy” that he might soon stop speaking his “terrible” Liz Truss accent after she stepped down as Prime Minister.
the impressionist said it would be “comedy gold” if Boris Johnson returned, who he also voiced in the satirical puppet-based sketch show, but the split over the UK would is “unthinkable”.
Mr Johnson – who was on holiday in the Caribbean when Ms Truss announced his resignation on Thursday – has yet to confirm whether he will continue to take the top job, although some Tory MPs are voicing support his return as Prime Minister.
When asked about whether he’d be happy to play his character Liz Truss, Forde told PA news agency: “Just a little bit. Ironically, I quite liked my horrible impression of her.
“I regret killing it so soon.
“Obviously, selfishly, purely humorously, Boris Johnson’s return will be comedy gold, but I’m also interested in what will happen to the country and what bringing him back will be. unthinkable.
“Strange is the prospect of him coming back, more real than any sensible person ever thought. I would still be surprised if it happened. “
He added that Mr Johnson’s downfall in the 2019 general election was due to Brexit and that former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn was “unpopular”.
“(Tory MPs) have completely misunderstood his relative popularity three years ago and how people are still alive.” he told PA.
“(If the members choose him) is like setting off fireworks or an annoying ex or a meal that makes you damn.
“You can’t go back to raw chicken that made you sick, but members of political parties are not like that.
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“(Boris) is a drug they are still addicted to and you cannot rule it out.”
Following news of PM’s departure most recently, Forde also changed the name of his indie show from Clown To The Left Of Me, Jokers To The Right to Goodbye Liz.
Asked if he had to continue rewriting the political program, he said: “A program that lasts less than a year will last under three prime ministers and at least four prime ministers, two monarchs.
“Emotionally, it was quite difficult, but I just put in the time creatively.”
Forde added that he hopes the program will prove a “booster” for the country amid political upheaval, inflationary pressures and rising mortgage rates.
“It was a relief (for the audience) to laugh with the people who ended up being this curator,” he said. “You do (leave feeling) a little better.”
Forde also told PA when he interviewed MP Jacob Rees-Mogg and Labor MP Dr Rosena Allin-Khan live, he was surprised when they shared a “lovely moment” behind the scenes.
“These are two people with opposing political views and different approaches and personalities,” Forde said.
“Jacob Rees-Mogg was talking to Rosena about all the things she did in the hospital (like returning to work as a doctor during the pandemic as a shadow minister) and it was a very sweet exchange. sweet between them.
“And he clearly adores her and is very complementary.”
Forde also wanted to take a look at Mr Johnson’s history in a six-part podcast series, British Scandal: Boris Johnson, with fellow presenter Alice Levine, from producer Wondery.
The series will be released from October 26.
Goodbye Liz will premiere on October 28 at the Bloomsbury Theater in London.
The Political Party live show will feature David Dimbleby on November 7, Matt Hancock on November 14 and Rachel Reeves on December 5 at the Duchess Theater in London.
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