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Creeping Charlie Productions Presents 

Rhys Mathewson

Rhys Mathewson vs The World


By the time you’re 21 and officially become a grown-up you’re supposed to have decided on the kind of world you want to live in and how to fix the world you’ve got. Rhys was too busy playing Xbox.

Come and watch as Rhys organises what he thinks about everything. The show’s an hour. That should be enough time to fit everything in.

As seen on TV3's 7 Days.

Billy T Award Winner 2010.

"This ferociously talented young comic’s got them eating out of his handsTVNZ



Showing In:



Tue 8 May - Sat 12 May, 8:45pm


The Basement Studio, Auckland


Adults $22.00
Conc. $20.00
Groups 6+ $20.00* service fees may apply


0800 TICKETEK (842 538)

Show Duration:

1 hour

Critics Review

Darren Bevan -'With a devilish twinkle in his eye and some great new material, Rhys' star continues to be in the ascendant.'open/close
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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Patrick Davies, Theatreview'His personable manner is only matched by his incredible talent. 'open/close
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.

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Michael G
Fantastic! I saw him last night and it was one of the funniest hours of my life! He has a fantastic sense of timing and humility, and strikes the perfect balance across all subject matter. Rhys endears himself to the audience through a combination of self-parody and actually getting to know the audience and then including them in the jokes throughout the show. There was a collective sigh at the end of the show. Well done!