Bridget Jones, stuff.co.nz'The room was howling with laughter as she read her list of Saddest Tweets from New Zealand Celebrities, and there is a line about a certain clothing store that was easily the truest thing said on a comedy stage this festival.'open/close
Rose Matafeo starts her show, Scout's Honour, with a reverse karaoke song.
She sings in Japanese, while the words on the screen are in English.
It's a cute joke that just gets funnier. And that's kind of the same as the 20-year-old herself.
See, the thing about Matafeo is that she's an Every Girl.
You know, the funny girl who used to be in your maths class or who was your best friend's sister.
Despite being an award-nominated comedian (she's up for the Billy T Award this year) and a TV host, Matafeo is awkward and self-effacing.
Her show is about highlighting all the things in the realm of adulthood that she sucks at, which only carries this further.
From her hard luck with boys to her terrible diet, Matafeo spends an hour poking fun at herself and it is, indeed, a giggle.
Sure, she is playing on the pop culture she so obviously loves, and you could be excused for thinking she has watched one too many episodes of the New Girl to get the 'adorkable' thing down, but there is something refreshing about the way Matafeo approaches her material.
The room was howling with laughter as she read her list of Saddest Tweets from New Zealand Celebrities, and there is a line about a certain clothing store that was easily the truest thing said on a comedy stage this festival.
There's even a game of truth or dare, and the chance to take home some of her very best cat stickers if you're lucky enough.
Yeah, Matafeo is the type of girl who makes badges for her audience and does it, not because she can, but because she thinks she should. And I'm all for it.
I went to see Rose Matafeo, and as I walked into her show, she was sat, in an old armchair in the middle of the stage, telling people where the free seats were. This kind of sums her up. She is unassuming, quite lovely, and just my kind of funny. Her quirky, off-beat style had the crowd in hysterics at times, and I appreciated the effort she’d put into her show, complete with the translated opening song and slideshow.
If you’ve read other reviews about Matafeo’s show, you may already know that her show is basically about how she is and has always been an uncool person. I feel like being able to openly say that she was uncool makes her more cool, and doing her own hour-long stand up show is pretty cool too. Although ancedotes from her past as well as her readings from her ‘Book of Lists’ remind us all that she probably did struggle to be part of the ‘in crowd.’ But who’s laughing now! (We are, at her quizzical nature and dry wit.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, and highly recommend to all, but especially if you are in the under 25 year olds age group, as you’ll find a few of her references just that much funnier. Snaps for Rose, she’s a great talent and I think she’s going to go far.
My feelings about her fluctuate between extreme jealously for her likeability and natural comedic timing, and wanting badly to be her friend. Her show at Basement, with the low ceilings and lounge room vibe, had the quality of your cousin performing a comedy routine for your extended family at a pre Christmas gathering. Except your cousin is actually good. And maybe your Mum eyeballs you for not being as cool and talented as your cousin. Damn you Matafeo.
TVNZ - Darren Bevan'I like Rose's awkwardness-mixed-with-confidence act on stage; it produces some truly unexpected laughs and some very funny comedy stylings from the most bizarre of topics and ideas.'open/close
Were / Are you ever part of the in crowd?
If so, then move along, bucko, we don't want to talk about you here. Because this is the show from Rose Matafeo, the ever so slightly uncool yet totally inclusive stand up who makes the gawky look adorable and you feel like you were never not a part of it.
Starting with an endearingly sung foreign song with subtitles appearing on a screen for us all to follow (which rapidly get out of control), it's an Eurovision style starter with a hint of bizarre singalong about it.
Rose herself is a bundle of nerdy, nervy energy, as she takes us through the things that she's rubbish at. It's the sort of stuff most of us can identify with as we were growing up. But it's the engaging way that she reveals parts of her life that she sucked at that you begin to realise that you too had moments where you were the outcast, or a bit lost in it all.
To read more, go to: http://tvnz.co.nz/entertainment-news/rose-matafeo-comedy-festival-review-4890549