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Best Show at Edinburgh Fringe Goes To New Zealand Comic

Rose Matafeo won the award for the best comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 

The New Zealand comic took home the prize for her stand-up routine Horndog. Her set tackles issues of sex and love.

The description of her set is as follows: Rose Matafeo has kissed nearly 10 men in her life, AKA she’s a total horndog. But what is horniness? Is it that intangible essence of excitement and opportunity? A fire that flickers in the beating heart of every human being? Or is it simply wanting to bone everyone, all the time? Join Rose for a brand-new hour of critically acclaimed stand-up, sketch and mid-20s angst. As seen on W1A and Have I Got News For You.

‘Effervescently entertaining’ **** (Guardian).

‘One of the undoubted highlights of the Fringe’ ***** (Telegraph).

Best Show nominee, Melbourne Comedy Festival 2018.

Steve Coogan who received the same award in 1992 presented the award to the 26-year-old along with £10,000 in prize money.

“I make comedy for women like me, in their twenties and looking for fun, and the response to the show has been amazing. I think a lot of women were going: ‘yeah, that’s me’,” she told the Guardian.

The comedian thanked her director Phoebe Bourke for taking a “punt” on her.

“Three years ago my director Phoebe Bourke took a punt on taking me up to Edinburgh with Berk’s Nest without ever having met me. I love her and everyone at Berk’s Nest. The hardest workers and the best people – thank you Phoebe, Owen, Katie, Jenny and Maria.”

Following her win, she tweeted: “I am completely overwhelmed to win this award. Far out. Awesome actually.”

Matafeo was up against six other nominated comedians including Ahir Shah, Alex Edelman and Felicity Ward.

Director of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards Nica Burns said: “New Zealander Rose Matafeo, the fizzing, charismatic 26-year-old voice of millennials, triumphs in a nail-bitingly close year.

“Funny and sassy, she riffs about love, adolescence and social media obsession to a pop culture soundtrack. An utterly joyful adrenaline high.”

 

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