Ambassador Mat Ricardo is one of the most unique, critically-acclaimed & entertaining variety performers in the world. The first man in history to learn to put the tablecloth back ON the table… and that‘s just one of his incredible feats!
“MAT RICARDO IS AMAZING!” – HRH PRINCE CHARLES
The gentleman juggler and showman is a TEDX speaker, the winner of the Herald Angel Award for Theatre Excellence, winner of the British Cabaret Award for Best Speciality Act, the Kleinkunst Cabaret Prize, the Arts Award, Stagetalk Magazine’s Show of the Year, and the Edinburgh Festival’s Pick of the Fringe.
“DAZZLING SHOWMANSHIP, SPOT-ON COMIC TIMING AND BUCKETLOADS OF STYLE. RELENTLESS, HILARIOUS, JAW-DROPPING FUN” – ER MAGAZINE
Mat’s also an experienced presenter and on-stage interviewer, having conducted live interviews for the BBC with some of the biggest stars of comedy, including Eddie Izzard, at the National Theatre, the Edinburgh Festival, and on several West End stages.
As a columnist for Chortle, he’s written about subjects as diverse as depression and creativity, gender, internet trolls, originality, the power of failure, the late Paul Daniels, and greasy spoon cafes. He’s recently been turning his relentless creativity to penning books.
Mat’s spoken and written freely about his struggles with mental health, including depression, mood swings (touching on bipolar disorder), OCD and anxiety. He’s a regular columnist for Mental Ideas and a guest in creative director Sadie Kaye‘s upcoming RTHK documentary As Bad As It Gets, chronicling his experiences with OCD.
As well as being a regular columnist for Mental Ideas, Brainstorm is thrilled to announce that Mat will MC the inaugural Mental Ideas Awards in Hong Kong. He’ll also be presenting a regular slot on the Mental Ideas Podcast, a co-production between Mental Ideas and RTHK.