Unspun with Matt Forde (TV recording): ITV Studios, Southbank, London, 2018
Birthday Girls Late-Night Comedy Party: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2018
Berk’s Nest Mid-Fest Comedy Special: Pleasance Courtyard, Edinburgh, 2019
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2019
Rose Matafeo Warms Up A Special (Horndog filming preview): 2Northdown, London, 2020
Always Be Comedy: The Tommyfield pub, Kennington, London, 2022
I saw New Zealand comedian Rose Matafeo perform a five-minute guest spot at a TV recording of Unspun with Matt Forde at the ITV studios in London in March 2018. Matafeo was incredibly energetic with some funny lines.
In August 2018, I saw her again as a guest at the Birthday Girls Late Night Comedy Party where she was brilliantly funny as she treated the late-night audience to a succession of all things pop culture. She got faster and louder and more manic as the set went on and I was delighted to later find out that her solo show Horndog (which unfortunately I did not get to see) won the coveted best comedy show award at the Fringe Festival. On the strength of this fifteen-minute guest spot, I could see why.
I saw Matafeo again in August 2019 perform a ten-minute guest spot for the Berk’s Nest Mid Fest Comedy Special at the Edinburgh Festival and then headlining Always Be Comedy in October 2019. She proved her worth again delivering classic routines and new material by being mercilessly funny and one to watch.
I did eventually get to see Matafeo’s award winning show Horndog at a preview before filming that she performed at 2Northdown in London in 2020. In the show she described her relationship with different boyfriends and tried t constitute what is classed as horny. The show was brilliantly written, intelligent, recognisable, and exceptionally funny.
Following on from her successful TV series Starstruck which she starred in and wrote with a further series due, Matafeo returned to Always Be Comedy in September 2022. Having seen her in passing at the Edinburgh Fringe in August 2022 where she stopped to say hello, it was a delight to watch her perform again. She was bubbly, enthusiastic and extremely likeable on stage as she effortlessly chatted with the audience about the current state of her life in a warm and extremely funny way.
Matafeo is a massive comic talent and I look forward to seeing her again soon.