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Eli Matthewson: Edinburgh Fringe 2018 interview

eli matthewson

Hello. How are you today?

I’m good! The festival flu has just hit and I’ve bought out an entire pharmacy worth of cold medication and a giant bottle of whisky to try and get rid of. I could be feeling low, but someone else paid for my lunch today – a Fringe miracle!

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

One of the true benefits of coming from New Zealand is that I bring with me a tried, tested and award-nominated show with a bio to boot. One of the cons is that it takes an immense amount of travel time, a lot of money, and no one has a clue who you are.

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

I’m stay with my friend Louise Beuvink (also performing at Underbelly) and Felicity Drace. We are staying in what is normally student accommodation and there are TVs in all of our bedrooms. Can’t wait to see how much it looks like the photos!

I’ve travelled all this way with a Playstation in my suitcase, which I think will be a true asset to our down time. I imagine a lot of the time we will be in our seperate rooms, venting our Edinburgh struggles in our group Facebook thread.

Any shows you’re excited about seeing?

Rhys Nicolson, Two Hearts, Rose Matafeo, Alice Snedden and Paul Williams all have terrific shows I’ll see again. I can’t wait to see Kate Berlant, I’m a huge fan of her work. I love: Lauren Pattison, Lou Sanders, Nish Kumar.

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

I really like that restaurant that does very fancy bangers and mash. I’m very excited about the time difference between Scotland and New Zealand, which will excuse me from responding to a lot of emails.

I can’t wait to promise I’ll walk up Arthur’s Seat every day and then do it probably one time. I’d like to go to that cafe where JK Rowling wrote Harry Potter, and add to the grafittit in the toilet, but instead of writing a line from Harry Potter write a line from The Craft.

The Fringe’s tagline this year is ‘Into The Unknown’. What do people not know about you?

When I was 12 I cheated on a major math competition and then came second, and never did anything about it and never got found out. Basically, I learnt that lying works at a very early age – so it’s pretty lucky I didn’t turn out to be Donald Trump.

I’m bored of all the podcasts I currently subscribe to. Can you recommend me a good one please?

Punch Up The Jam is my new favourite podcast – they take an old song, talk about their favourite and least favourite bits – and then re-record a new better version. They put in a wild amount of effort when you consider making a podcast can just be talking.

Also subscribe to my cool podcast The Male Gayz, and watch our new TV version of it which is available internationally on Youtube!

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

In my show I do an impression of an X-Factor contestant, but to be honest I just always wanted to be on X-Factor, so if you know any of the X-Factor judges please send them along to my show because I’d love to hear what they think of my unique tone.

Eli Matthewson: The Year of Magical F***ing
Underbelly, George Sq
1-27 Aug, 9.20pm

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