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Rose Matafeo: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

Rose-Matafeo edinburgh fringe

The New Zealander returns to Edinburgh after a critically acclaimed debut last year, which also saw her received a Best Newcomer nominee at the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Since then she’s won 2017 New Zealand International Comedy Festival Fred Award for her new show Sassy Best Friend, which explores her 25 year struggle with being the sassy best friend in her own life.


Hello. How are you today?

I mean, absolutely fine. Thank you for asking, I really appreciate it.

At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?

I tried to make it vague and timeless this year – I think there’s a line about me being desperate for an audience’s love and affection and I think that will never be untrue so I’m pretty safe. Though I do regret making my programme image a photo of me holding what was then, a current newspaper. Hindsight is 20/20 baby.

Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?

Not really. I mean, the general passage of time has probably subtly affected my act. Wait, what was momentous? Personally I had a very low key year. Does that answer the question? Where am I?

Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?

I’m living with Mae Martin so I imagine that means we will be creating a small karaoke club in our flat, pay what you want on the door.

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

My good friend Paul Williams is bringing his show from NZ – he was in my show last year and he’s incredible. There’s tap dancing and songs in his show and everyone should see it. Also Tom Walker and Becky Lucas who are coming up from Australia, they’re both amazing.

Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?

I booked first class train tickets for my return journey, so that’s the light at the end of the tunnel really. That sounds depressing, and that’s because it *is* depressing.

What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?

Debbie and Carrie! Oh man. There’s a nice interview with Debbie Reynolds that Alec Baldwin did on his podcast that is great if you’re into that sort of thing.

Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.

I hate this, it’s too much pressure. No. I can’t do it. GET OFF MY LAWN!


Rose Matafeo: Sassy Best Friend
Pleasance Courtyard
2-27 Aug, 9.45pm
£8-£9

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