Rose Matafeo has an hour of lols, in her Auckland show Valley of the Lols, for anyone interested this comedy fest. We loved the name, no matter the backstory.
The 24-year-old Matafeo’s set, full of a somewhat-prepared list of musings-disguised-lols, is delivered with all of the bravado of, well, Rose Matafeo.
She takes the audience, of which she banters with quite a bit, on a rollercoaster of anecdotal jokes that have an unpolished feel yet hit home each time. Jokes range from lols of singledom and loneliness to self-deprecation where you think- I hope she knows she’s not alone. Which is the beauty in the set, because she’s not alone- it’s why the jokes hit their mark each time.
To varying degrees people in the audience can empathise, or at the very least sympathise, with her stories which makes it easy to laugh at her jokes. I mean maybe we’re not butterchicken, or even a spicier curry, (see the show to get the reference) but at some point most of us have put our best faces forward when all we wanted to do is go home and lie in bed.
There’s a seasoned quality about the comedian that goes beyond her seeming comfort on the stage. It’s the comfort of someone who uses and exposes her own insecurities on stage so that people can laugh on a regular basis.
The comfort of someone who can con a crowd into feeling like at some point in their life they’ve experienced a similar thing and maybe they have, or maybe they haven’t but the point is the audience laughed.
To paraphrase and butcher German philosopher Nietzsche, Matafeo’s set could be described as staring into an abyss to find it staring right back atcha. And the longer you watched the more you laughed.
So was the hour a valley of lols? Yes, each joke whether aided by props and some ace music was delivered with the deadpanned way that pulls a laugh out of you whether you want it to or not.
And if that’s not what you want from a comedy show, what the bloody hell is wrong with you?
VALLEY OF THE LOLS
WHEN: April 23-Saturday April 30th 7.30pm (No shows 25th & 26th April 2016)
WHERE: Basement Theatre
GET TICKETS: iTickets
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