Local comedian Rose Matafeo has been named as just one of two “comedians to watch” this year by major UK newspaper The Guardian.
Matafeo, who moved to the UK in 2015, appeared on The Guardian’s list of “20 talents set to take 2017 by storm”. The list includes a range of artsts, including writers, actors and dancers, but Matafeo and Irish funny man Al Porter are the only comedians to make the list.
“With an appearance on Have I Got News for You?, and a forthcoming Soho theatre run, 24-year-old Kiwi Rose Matafeo’s star is in the ascendant,” the paper wrote. It also added that while her show Rose Matafeo is Finally Dead - which premiered in New Zealand in 2015 - was not “the finished article”, “Matafeo’s talent hit you like a force-10 gale”.
“Excitable, chaotic and yet supremely in control; great voices, great jokes, both serious and silly; rocket-fuelled forward momentum – the woman has charisma to burn and we should see plenty more of her in 2017.”
Matafeo made light of the recognition on Twitter, joking that she had fallen over and couldn’t get up.
feeling blessed to be on a list, 2017 wow this could be a great year, WO-— Rose Matafeo (@Rose_Matafeo) 7 January 2017
*doesn't get up* https://t.co/3VOCenNPjR
Matafeo rose to fame after winning the Billy T Award when she was just 21. She was a co-host on U Live before moving to writing and performing for Jono and Ben. She is one of the creators of the TV3 comedy Funny Girls, which will return for a third season later this year.
She moved to the UK in order to perform on the comedy scene there and to be with her boyfriend, comedian James Acaster.