Matt Winning

Comedian, Writer, Actor, Environmental Economist




Photographer: Jessica McDermott

Matt Winning is a London-based Scottish comedian and environmental economist. He has been performing since 2009 and quickly gained a reputation as an exciting new act after winning the Hilarity Bites New Act of the Year 2011 and appearing in the final of the BBC New Comedy Awards in 2012. He also reached the final of the Chortle Student Comedy Awards in 2010, as himself, and again in 2011, as a character.

In 2017 Matt performed a sold out run of his third solo show 'Filibuster', built as a lecture on climate change, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Matt has a PhD in climate change policy and combined his two worlds of comedy and environmental economics in an attempt to save the planet which received considerable critical acclaim.

'Winning’s sharp wit and intelligence allows him to educate as he entertains' ★★★★ 1/2 (The Sunday Post)

'Filibuster is a very powerful and eccentric piece of comedy from Winning, who is sure to become one of the largest names in UK comedy very soon.' ★★★★ (ShortCom)

2016 saw Matt perform his second show 'Matt Winning: Ragnarok' at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2016, which is now available to watch on the Next Up platform. He also wrote and appeared as part of a new sketch show I Am Wario with Stuart Laws and Anne Klein.

In 2015 he took his debut show Matt Winning: Mugabe and Me (3D) to the Edinburgh festival Fringe at Opium as part of PBH's Free Fringe

Matt is the co-creator of the cult show 'Bearpit Podcast Podcast' in which he performs with Mat Ewins, John Kearns, Adam Hess, Fin Taylor, Richard Gadd and Lolly Adefope. You can download it now directly from i-Tumes and NoiseCloud

He has performed in several mixed-bill shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe including The Comedy Zone in 2013 with Lucy Beaumont, Tommy Rowson and Carl Hutchinson. Other comedy and science festivals Matt has performed shows at include Glasgow, Machynlleth, Leicester, Brighton and Copenhagen. Matt has also appeared in BBC Scotland TV show Scot Squad and Josie Long's most recent feature film due for release in 2017, and he has written for the Comedy Unit and BBC Radio Scotland.


“An attractively impish spirit” The Guardian

"straddles the line nicely between being the oddball spouting nonsense and a more accessible comic making the surreal relatable” Steve Bennett, Chortle

“natural charisma” ★★★★ The Skinny

“Offbeat one-liners, strange observations and pure silliness” Time Out

“one-liners to rival Tim Vine’s funniest joke awards” ★★★★ The List

“With some actual jokes and delicious bits about his painfully unfunny parents who can’t see the dividing line between their son’s comedy and his real life, there was an edge and drive to Winning’s brief but inventive set”
Brian Donaldson, Chortle

"Winning offered the complete package: he's got the material, the pacing and the presence to win over most crowds"

"A Scottish Milton Jones... so well done and over the top that the audience are pulled into his world"
Festival Journal

“an hour of madness” ★★★★ Student Newspaper

 “Wildly eccentric … highly enjoyable … bizarrely hilarious … genuinely irritating … white Scotsman” Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

12 Newcomers to see at 2015 Fringe - Time Out,

Best new comedians heading to Fringe - Radio Times,

Top 10 Newcomers at Fringe 2015 - Wow247