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Li’i Alaimoana – Minority Report

When you are a Pacific Islander and you read a Pacific Island name on a big sign outside a building you feel almost compelled to go and cheer them on. I was lucky enough to be able to go and cheer on a fellow P.I. and Billy T Award Nominee for 2017 at his comedy show at Vault at the Q Theatre and what an experience it was!

We were greeted with a keyboard, guitar and microphone. Vault is such an intimate atmosphere so it felt like we were all mates hanging out in front of a stage. Li’i began the show with some ambient music via his keyboard. This was mixed with a whole lot of giggles about various day to day activities such as bringing in the washing and doing dishes whilst dealing with emotional blackmail from your wife. Very very very VERY relatable (or so my husband says). Li’i then introduces his show with a kind of trigger warning. It is based on some very personal experiences. The type that your every day Pacific Islander is no stranger to and this sort of brings the mood of the room to a different level. It is very sobering to see a male bare a part of himself like that and it was appreciated.

The show continues on with lots of jokes that had me in complete fits. Discussions about growing up and watching your parents and their dance moves had me back in the garage watching my family members drinking and dancing. The sprinkler one of my all time favs was performed and this had me in stitches. The atmosphere was lifted when Li’i played a game with one yawning audience member who happened to be front and centre in the seating. Li’i has quick humour and drew on the audience for a few unplanned but very effective laughs. The use of music was impressive and fun. His whole demeanour is so relatable and he truly is hilarious!

His timing and presentation isn’t that of your everyday comedian. He almost seemed like the funny uncle whose jokes you can always rely on to get the party started and keep the party going. In fact he seemed like the uncle who would be the last man standing at a party! Li’i gives you a show that you can relate to as a parent, a single person, a Pacific Islander, a Palagi and even as a kid I am pretty sure you could relate to and laugh at some of his outrageous island humour. There was a lot to love about seeing a fellow brown person on stage commanding and demanding the respect he deserves. Li’i shows us that we can follow our dreams and be something great whilst also being our loud brown and proud selves. What a show!

You can watch some of his more casual funny stuff right here.

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Rose Matafeo | Sassy Best Friend

What could possibly be better than snuggling up on a couch watching NRL on a showery Friday night in Auckland you ask?

How about a quick trip into the city centre to a little place called the Basement Theatre, to watch a quick witted, intelligent and beautiful woman named Rose Matafeo tear up the stage in her latest show “Sassy Best Friend”. Not only that but on arrival to be served BEST FOODS MAYO SLIDERS … FOR FREE … ALL NIGHT! What even is this heaven!?!

The NZ International Comedy Festival is back for another year serving us some belly aching laughter as per usual. This year I was lucky enough to head down to watch Rose Matafeo serving some sass and man was it worth every minute! Not only did I get a feed pre entry thanks to the festival sponsors BEST FOODS MAYO! But I also got a hell of a lot of funny, in the form of a single brown female, an ipad with some pretty awesome tunes, some mills and boon type books, a microphone, a guy named Conrad who works in design and perfectly timed comedy.

Rose who has moved to live in London has come back home and upon return is showing us just why she is one of our favourite NZ Comedians. Walking into the theatre itself we were greeted by her and then had the privilege of watching her dance and do yoga poses as a warm up! Her taste in music would get a 10 from me! Who could be mad at Bruno Mars was serving us bars telling us what he likes as we waited for 7pm to roll around.

Rose brings to the table a delicious bite sized (1hr’ish) show that sheds light on what it is to be the “Sassy Best Friend (SBF)”. You know, the one in movies, not the lead female, but her best friend, the one always there doing the most to prop the other one up! Her sass knows no limits delivering almost faultless one liners about everything from why her curly hair makes her a shining example of the SBF (which includes an excellent remix of the Rihanna tune “Work”), anecdotes from her childhood reminiscing about a wonderful teen period (one of my favourite LOL moments), to the struggles us Hip Hop loving feminists have (yes I would still give her a 10 for her choice in music here too). Her presence in a small intimate environment like the Basement Theatre is so loud and commanding but at the same time there is a hilarious, almost awkward shyness about her that makes her so damn loveable (just ask Conrad)!

Her little quips about her time spent in London gave me some of the heartiest laughs I have had in a long time, these coupled with her tales of her time spent at Auckland Girls Grammar School  in the drama department had me in tears and upon looking around I sure as hell wasn’t the only one. Rose has the ability to make the most awkward poses on stage seem so natural, or perhaps it’s the other way around! Regardless her stage presence, props, persona, jokes and outfit (including the very distressed wife of Martin) made for a hugely enjoyable night. She is one of the best comedians we have round these parts and not only that but she is half Samoan! Can I get a YASSSSSS one time for our Pacific Sister!

If you enjoy quick humour and a bit of self deprecation (in classic Kiwi style) then this show is for you. Make sure you get down and support a sister! Do it for your happy feels! Get some endorphins flowing fam!

Rose Matafeo – NZ International Comedy Festival 2017

Sassy best friend (sas-ee best frend)

  1. A sidekick to the main character in a romantic comedy;
  2. not conventionally attractive, quirky, hard to love;
  3. sometimes not white, often gay.

Rose returns home with a show inspired by her favourite film heroes and her terrible taste in movies. Sassy Best Friend is about friendship, finding yourself and giving up on your dreams.

Rose is performing at the Basement Theatre over the next week you can BUY TICKETS HERE!