Fri 26th Apr 2019 - 9:30 pm
Sat 27th Apr 2019 - 9:30 pm
Sun 28th Apr 2019 - 8:30 pm
Eli has a Classic Degree, and he's never once used it professionally. Come watch him using this qualification for the first time in 10 years.
A comedy lecture from one of New Zealand's top young comics. Billy T Nominee (2013/2015), Fred Nominee (2017).
5 Stars - Short Com (UK)
5 Stars - Fresh Fringe (UK)
"Nails every punchline" - NZ Herald
As seen on The Male Gayz, 7 Days, Funny Girls, Jono and Ben
SHORT COM review of Eli in Edinburgh
It’s been a good year for comedians just flexing on everybody and showing them how it’s done. Eli Matthewson dominates his room – it’s a small room but I’ve no doubt he could scale it up – with an immensely winsome persona. Characterful, charming, and expressive, he’s a comic force of nature.
The Year of Magical F*cking is a show that wastes very little time on buildup or preparation – it’s all laughs all the time. More than just consistently funny, it’s packed with half a dozen or more absolute screechers that genuinely saw me doubled over laughing. True to its title it’s a pretty vulgar hour of comedy but nothing that feels gratuitous or uncomfortable, just honest and hilarious. Matthewson feels like a wholly modern comic, leveraging millennial woes and millennial sensibilities to deliver a set that leaves a lot of other comedians wallowing in the past by comparison. With material that’s equal parts socially conscious and self-deprecating, Matthewson turns the former to gathering comedy fuel from the ignorant, and the latter towards ensuring that he’s never too self-serious.
This is a simply outstanding stand-up set that deserves to be massive. Matthewson told us that he knew his audience pretty well in his native New Zealand but wasn’t really sure the sort of people he’d get over here at the Fringe. If I had my way it would be everyone here at the Fringe. Don’t miss it.
Fresh Fringe review of Eli in Edinburgh
When I read the title of Eli Matthewson's new show, I was sceptical... "The Year of Magical What"?! Then I saw his show. The whole thing really is magical.
Armed with a variety of diverse and fresh material, Eli really makes his Fringe debut known. His dazzling charm and charisma lights up the intimate venue as he tells the audience of his personal journey of sex and dating. No details are left out, as his risky and daring anecdotes leaves little to be imagined. Not afraid to laugh at himself, the comic adopts a self-mocking humour that make him more personable and relatable. In particular; there was a certain comparison to Lee Harvey Oswald which had me on the floor.
The show itself has an impressive amount of fluidity. Eli naturally flows from one idea to another, causing the hour-long show to appear to fly by. His comic timing is also impeccable; as he is able to garner laughs from the audience in exactly the right places. He really does have us on the edge of our seats, waiting eagerly to hear the next crazy tale.
Filled with topical humour, hilarious anecdotes and huge laughs, "The Year of Magical F*cking" is an absolute breath of fresh air. It is undoubtedly the best show that I have seen so far at this year's Fringe Festival, and you'd be mad to miss it.
You can catch Eli Matthewson and his hilarious stand-up show, "The Year of Magical F*cking" at 9.20pm at Underbelly Wee Coo until 27th August 2018.
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