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From The Desk Of Rhys Mathewson

Posted by Rhys Mathewson On the 25th April 2014 Back Hello! Rhys Mathewson here. You may know me as New Zealand’s Zac Efron, and I’d really prefer you to call me that from now on.

The festival has just kicked off, and I hope you are going to get stuck into a whole bunch of shows – but before you do, I want to give you a word of warning:

Leave the funny to the professionals.

Being funny is an incredibly dangerous pastime. The wrong joke in the wrong place can get your head kicked in, if you can’t run away fast enough. And we’ve all had that friend who has tensed up a dinner party with a racist joke that shows a remarkable misunderstanding of the definition of “joke.” I’m pretty sure he was planning to do it the entire time – who just happens to have chopsticks in their pocket?

I can’t tell you the amount of first dates I have ruined by being hilarious – and if any of you are reading this, I refuse to apologise for telling the waiter that we were twins and it was our birthday. I refuse to apologise for making them give us a free dessert, and I refuse to apologise for then trying to make out with you and “ruining everyone’s Sunday at Valentine’s.” They were at Valentine’s; their Sunday was pretty much already ruined.
And whatever you do, don’t try and be funny during a comedians’ show. It’s a silly thing to do – bringing your own jokes to a comedy show makes as much sense as me going to Wagamama’s and cracking out a packed lunch.

 Saying that you shouldn’t heckle is kind of like when professional wrestling tells you not to try it at home. Except if you were to try it and managed to not injure yourself, there was an actual pro wrestler there to make sure that you did.

Other than that, I hope you guys have as much fun during the festival as the comedians do, and remember to stay safe and look out for each other.

Lots of Love,


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Bryony Parkes
Cant wait to come check this out, was there at your first show (the high school comedy one) and think its awesome you have come so far!
Katie the Pioneer
I miss Valentines SO HARD. Margarine sculptures and unlimited jellybeans... sigh.