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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! 

 

Rose Matafeo | Valley of the Lols Review

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?

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VALLEY OF THE LOLS

WHEN: April 23-Saturday April 30th 7.30pm (No shows 25th & 26th April 2016)
WHERE: Basement Theatre
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TICKET PRICES: 

Full Price $24.00
Concession $18.00
Group 6+ $20.00
Cheap Wednesday $19.20

*service fee may apply

 

 

 

NZ Comedy Festival – The 5pm Project

Last night I was sitting in the second row of the Rangatira at Q, waiting to laugh myself to tears. I, however did not. But not in a bad way! (I shouldn’t have begun this review that way. The show was a chill- instead of clutching your stomach in laughter, you chuckled quietly amongst each other at the remarks made on the stage.

Rose Matafeo, the host for the night, kicked off the show with good energy. Her engagement with the audience, or rather the two REALLY loud old people in the back and Isaac (an 8 year old who seemed completely infatuated with her) was entertaining to say the least. The slightly awkward, kinda creepy, and quirky Rose kept the crowd laughing with light, often self-deprecating humor, whilst prepping everyone for the next act.

Rhys Matthewson was first up, he had a lot of opinions on “important” things- which more or less had me laughing- albeit not in complete agreement with him. Matt Stellingwerf followed, bringing with him a laid back type of style with well-timed jokes and pop-culture references mixed with self-deprecation that seemed to go over well with the audience.

Steven Boyce came on next, his intro kind of dragged on- Hey Boyce, hey hey hey hello hi hey hi hi hi hi hello hey. It wasted about half of his stage time even if he managed to pull a few laughs. However he also offended every brown person within hearing distance. Like bro, that’s actually rude. And not a Ha-Ha rude, just a RUDE.

Joseph Moore was actually a bit of a delight, he made some rather apt observations about hip-hop lyrics and some improvements on New Zealand music. I do believe this NZ Music Month- NZ artists should take Moore’s advice in order to spice up their tracks. Also, I have a new appreciation for NZ reality TV shows about coast-line cops and fishing restrictions.

The closing act, Guy Williams, strutted onto the stage with a “What up, Pussies?” Earning him a lot of laughs and some…fangirling? At least from the twelvies in front of us. Guy’s dead-panned humour was a hit with the crowd and while we found it amusing we have a ‘Life Hack’ tip for Guy: Life Hacks on stage, while earning him points for audience engagement, doesn’t work as well as Life Hacks on radio.

All in all it was a good way to spend an ‘early evening’. Would recommend each comedian separately.