From the moment the show begins, this ferociously talented young comic's got them eating out of his hands - his powers of audience interaction are well above some other comics I've seen and boy, he's quick on his feet.
Unlike some comics though, Rhys isn't about mocking those in the audience - it's actually a genuine curiosity and one which could prove a little to be his downfall in some ways.
You see, he gets so engrossed in the audience and their jobs, people sat next to him that while he gets some great on the spot material from them, he also becomes a little distracted and moves away from his own material.
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Dylan Moran - TV3'"Every so often, New Zealand turns out a comedian who is truly a class above. And if you’re lucky, you get to see them at the top of their game. Rhys Mathewson is this guy'"'open/close
Every so often, New Zealand turns out a comedian who is truly a class above. And if you’re lucky, you get to see them at the top of their game.
Rhys Mathewson is this guy.
The winner of the 2010 Billy T Award is certainly following in the footsteps of the New Zealand comedy icon - you'll see him on 7 Days and his stand-up is incredible.
He may look unassuming but he’s ready to take on the world in more ways than one. His show, Rhys Mathewson vs The World, is built on the premise he doesn’t pay enough attention to the people or events going on around him.
He’s 21 years old and trying to branch out. Trouble is – as we all know – 21 is one of the most self-involved ages, so often it does not really work out that way.
Topics range from religion to politics to relationships… styled in a boxing format. Seven rounds, and Mathewson’s gotta try and knock out the planet weighing “6 million billion kilograms” (the maths might be a bit dodgy on that one).
You know that awkward theatre-guy personality which usually bombs at parties? Mathewson’s got that, but put him on a stage with a microphone and he manages to pull it off.
He’s a delightful comedy mastermind with a way of turning bollocks into absolute genius. Pearls of comedy spew forth from his greasy locks.
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Rhys Mathewson may not hold the title for youngest professional comedian but he is the youngest winner of the toweled Billy T. James award and it's obvious why. His personable manner is only matched by his incredible talent. Covering first impressions, skipping,Edinburgh, the bible and a torn penis he somehow moves effortlessly from one to the next like a skipping stone across the audience.
He kept us chortling and laughing right through his set with a wonderful control. Even when riffing, responding to a good humoured heckle or laughing at himself, he keeps up the patter and keeps the punchlines coming. His timing is immaculate, knowing when to hold and when to go. I will forever think about him when ordering my eggs for brunch. Many will have seen him on TV, if you see a poster for this guy and you don't go - you're a moron.