Award winning New Zealand comedian, Eli Matthewson, makes his Edinburgh debut with his show The Year of Magical F**king. After immensely successful seasons in cities all over New Zealand, Melbourne and Sydney, and a 2017 nomination for the Fred Award (New Zealand’s top comedy honour) at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, the show is here at the Fringe.
Eli spoke with The Fountain about the premise of his show and his plans for Edinburgh.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
It is! And daunting! The flight from New Zealand is going to take over a day, and my ankles will probably triple in size, BUT Edinburgh is my favourite city in the world, and I’m so excited to make my debut as a stand-up there.
TF: Your show certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
My show is called The Year of Magical F**king. It’s all about the highs and lows of the year I spent trying to have a late-twenties sexual awakening. Inspired by a Time Magazine article about how millennials are having less sex than their parents, I decided to try and help reverse our statistics, and in doing so made a lot of mistakes on Grindr and in the real world. All those mistakes will be on display in what will be a raunchy fun hour from a cute Kiwi you haven’t seen before.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I wanted to make a joke-heavy, energetic hour of stand-up like all the shows I’ve loved. I have so many major stand-up influences – I love Sarah Silverman, James Acaster, Nish Kumar and John Mulaney. When I visited Edinburgh in 2012 I saw some amazing acts like Celia Pacquola and Claudia O’Doherty who were major influences on me as I was just starting out with comedy.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I’ve been to Edinburgh before but this will be my first time as a solo stand-up. I can’t wait to drink lots of Bulmers Ciders, eat lots of cheap baguettes and say I’m going to walk up Arthur’s Seat every day but only do it once.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond your show?
See my sister in London, holiday in Italy, then come back to reality and work and more expensive baguettes. This will be one of the last hurrahs for this show but I’m hoping will lead to many more gigs in the UK.
Eli Matthewson: The Year of Magical F*cking, Underbelly George Square – The Wee Coo, 1st – 27th August (not 13th), 9:20pm