Featured Artist: Mat Ricardo
Meet Mat Ricardo:
Mental Ideas Ambassador & Showman Extraordinaire!
Fast Hands. Smart Mouth. Nice Suit.
The Gentleman Juggler, leading speciality act of the British Cabaret Revival and the UK’s most successful juggler, presents big laughs, serious skills, slapstick, and breathtaking spectacle. Mat presents genuine danger, dexterous elegance, and thrills, performed by a man at the top of his game.
One of the hardest working, and most reliably entertaining speciality acts in the world. Mat is the the first man in history to be able to put a tablecloth back on a table underneath all the objects, but he’ll never let his amazing tricks get in the way of his cutting wit. You’ll stop laughing, only to gasp.
“He has a touch of rock star about him, by way of Bublé, by way of Rastelli, via variety and Vaudeville” – Stage Talk magazine, honouring Mat as one of their top ten shows of 2015.
Mat has performed at comedy and theatre festivals around the world and on the finest international cabaret, variety and burlesque stages. He has appeared on numerous television shows, most notably, as the first variety performer to be a featured guest on ITV1’s “Jonathan Ross Show”
He is the inaugural winner of the London Cabaret Award for best speciality act. His first one man show “Three Balls and a Good Suit” made him the the first variety performer to ever win the Herald Angel award for excellence in theatre, his second “Vaudeville Schmuck” played to sell out London Audiences and critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe, and his third, and current, show “Showman” played to a completely sold-out London West End run, won the Arts Award Voice Pick of the Fringe award, and was recently showcased at the Purcell Room at London’s Southbank Centre as part of the London International Mime Festival.
His ground-breaking “London Varieties” project mixed some of the legends of old-school British variety and light entertainment with some of the brightest stars of the current cabaret scene, to create unique shows designed to pay tribute to the art of variety. After selling out a six month run at the Bethnal Green Workingmens Club, the show moved to another six months of packed houses at the Leicester Square Theatre.
His work is always influenced by his twin passions: The history and legacies of variety and light entertainment, and making an audience gasp.
Mat currently continues to tour “Showman” both in the UK and internationally, while developing new projects for radio, television, and of course, the variety stage.
Mat was recently performing in Hong Kong. He’s one of our multi-talented Mental Ideas Ambassadors and a regular columnist!
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