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"Punchlines you can feel smart for getting." - Chortle
About Jon:
Jon Matthews is an insightful and witty comedian who tells jokes on subjects as varied as science, politics, relationships and religion, often drawing these diverse fields together into "punchlines you can feel smart for getting." (Chortle). He mixes shortform and longform comedy together in an expert fashion to deliver both cutting social commentary and self-deprecating silliness that all can enjoy.

​Jon cut his comedy teeth on the ex-pat comedy circuit in China, where he became a popular figure on the Beijing scene, performing alongside touring American comedians as well as headlining and MCing local shows. He returned to the UK in 2017 and spent four years in Bristol, performing across the South West, where he rose to become a reliable openner and occasional closer, whilst also MCing the hugely popular The People's Comedy in Bristol.

Jon became something of a 'must book' act for political comedy nights in the South West and beyond but also showed his versatility by enjoying excellent responses at more traditional comedy clubs as well as in Conservative areas, where his dry wit and self-deprecating streak made him a likeable figure.

Jon has now relocated to Derby and is enjoying 'starting again' post-lockdown on a new comedy scene.


"Punchlines you can feel smart for getting."
- Steve Bennett, Chortle

"Even the depressed middle-aged men in polo shirts were amused."
- China Business News

"Top compere, so good he don't need the 'h'."
- Simon Munnery

​"Jon Matthews is an affable presence at any gig. Intelligent joke writing and a keen eye for marrying up material and audiences on the night, makes him a wonderfully spontaneous act."
- Tommy Tomski (RockCentral Promotions)

​"The funniest comedian we've had."
- Taking The Mic, Exeter

"A very funny man!"
- Joe Wong (Ellen, Letterman)

"The perfect blend of erudite and silly."
- Glas-Denbury Festival

"Extravagantly bearded, nicely silly."
- Bath Echo

"Jon Matthew’s take on everything from politics to football and society in general is original, satirically and painfully funny!"
- Chappers Comedy, Swindon

"Jons hilarious blend of irony, surrealism, self-deprecation and political commentary always make him a real crowd pleaser." - Chapter 12 Comedy Club, Totnes

"Jon will tickle your funny bone then apologise for doing so." - Comedy Club China, Beijing

"Hilarious in his physical similarities to Jesus." - Abdiel Le Roy, Dueling the Dragon

"Good, strong material with some very clever lines!" - Stand Up For Cider, Taunton

"Entertaining, thought provoking and slightly chaotic." - Harry Motram, Comedy Blogger

TV, Radio and Podcast appearances:

Featured in pilot episode of Canadian documentary about stand up comedy around the world (in Beijing).

​Various appearances on BBC Radio Bristol, Bristol Community FM, Ujima Radio.

Guest on The Golden Wonder Years (podcast about crisps).

Guest on Comedians Talking About Football.

Guest on Comedians Talking About Horror.

​Host of Gone Mad - a podcast about political correctness and classic comedy.
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