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Over the last twelve months, we’ve had our pages filled with some incredible creative souls, we asked a few of them to be kind enough to share some words on a year that the world all went a bit odd. Next up, it’s comedian Matt Reed.

So, how was your 2016?
My 2016 was a mixed bag but I discovered many a new gin and did a lot of gigs so hopefully this will continue into the new year. I don’t really do politics but paid attention this year as it’s certainly been an absolute mess. But I think whatever happens was probably going to happen anyway, they’re all fucking snakes.

What was your best moment?
My best moment from 2016 is hard to pinpoint they’re basically just great gigs. In January I had the pleasure of performing at Altitude Festival in Austria and the line-up was spectacular. I got to host the gala show with Daniel Sloss, Sophie Hagen, Joel Dommet and Sean Lock. It was incredible and my friend got engaged there too, quite the trip.

And your worst moment?
Worst moment of the year is also a tricky one a few friends of mine have had a tough time and what with Brexit and Trump and so much death and destruction it’s hard to choose. It’s all a bit shit but on a personal scale I’d have to say my internet going down for three hours mid-April nightmare!!

Your favourite band of 2016?
I’m so far out of the loop with bands but I did like that odd lass, I think she’s French, Christine And The Queens, she’s great and the right side of weird for me.

Your favourite song of the year? 
As above my fave song would have to be Tilted  by them, I think it’s great I love a good eccentric.

Your favourite film? 
Film wise I’d been looking forward to Finding Dory for ages and it was superb. I also enjoyed The Drop, James Gandolfini’s final film, he was brilliant in it.

What was your favourite gig of the year?
Favourite gig personally was my one man show at The Stand. I got my mate Lee Kyle to interview me on stage as if I was a celeb it got dark quick, but very much the most fun I’ve had in years. I’d say doing the Punch Drunk Comedy run of gigs in Northumberland was always a highlight too. Watching other comics I’d say that Jim Jefferies in Austria or Dylan Moran and Daniel kitson at The Stand was a massive highlight.

And finally, what has 2017 got in store for you?
2017 I intend to do a tour and take over comedy as its king as prophesied.

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