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.
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