'Adorkable' laughs excellent

Last updated 11:32 17/05/2012
Rose Matafeo
ROSE MATAFEO: Performing Scout's Honour at The Basement theatre.

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Rose Matafeo starts her show, Scout's Honour, with a reverse karaoke song.

REVIEW: She sings in Japanese, while the words on the screen are in English.

It's a cute joke that just gets funnier. And that's kind of the same as the 20-year-old herself.

See, the thing about Matafeo is that she's an Every Girl. 

You know, the funny girl who used to be in your maths class or who was your best friend's sister.

Despite being an award-nominated comedian (she's up for the Billy T Award this year) and a TV host, Matafeo is awkward and self-effacing. 

Her show is about highlighting all the things in the realm of adulthood that she sucks at, which only carries this further.

From her hard luck with boys to her terrible diet, Matafeo spends an hour poking fun at herself and it is, indeed, a giggle.

Sure, she is playing on the pop culture she so obviously loves, and you could be excused for thinking she has watched one too many episodes of the New Girl to get the 'adorkable' thing down, but there is something refreshing about the way Matafeo approaches her material. 

The room was howling with laughter as she read her list of Saddest Tweets from New Zealand Celebrities, and there is a line about a certain clothing store that was easily the truest thing said on a comedy stage this festival.

There's even a game of truth or dare, and the chance to take home some of her very best cat stickers if you're lucky enough. 

Yeah, Matafeo is the type of girl who makes badges for her audience and does it, not because she can, but because she thinks she should.  And I'm all for it.


WHEN: May 15 - 19

WHERE: The Basement, Lower Greys Avenue, Auckland

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