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.”
I am completely overwhelmed to win this award. Far out. Awesome actually. pic.twitter.com/XKHhvqGLoV
— Rose Matafeo (@Rose_Matafeo) August 25, 2018
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.”