Eli Matthewson: The Year of Magical Fucking (3 stars)

Eli Matthewson: The Year of Magical Fucking

Grindr hook-ups, grammar Nazis and a little bit of Shania Twain

This Kiwi in a very nice Keith Haring t-shirt has been to the Fringe before in a duo with his pal, Hamish Parkinson. As the Square Eye Pair, they looked into their close friendship and shared obsession with TV, while a female third wheel threatened their beautiful bromance. Actually, what possibly none of them knew then was that Eli Matthewson would be back six years later, out and proud with a solo show about gay love, Grindr hook-ups and bullshit jock culture.

His bratty, sex positive and smugly fabulous patter is good fun and served with plenty double entendres alongside the occasional clearly very rehearsed, and great, Shania Twain impression. He gets in digs at smug, home-owning baby boomers and also impishly slags off his unhelpful high-school sex education, which didn't cover any LGBTQ+ angles, just wet dreams and periods. He's a natural storyteller, mixing wholesome tales about his Christian upbringing with 'edgier' glimpses into his sex life, and a confession that he's a grammar Nazi ('the best of the Nazis!', he beams).

The delivery is confident and although the ending fizzles out in a slightly anti-climactic way, he juggles cutesy, nerdy material with more thoughtful ponderings on gender roles and his personal take on feminism.

Underbelly, George Square, until 27 Aug (not 13), 9.20pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Eli Matthewson: The Year of Magical F*cking

  • 3 stars

Eli Matthewson The news is out – millennials are having less sex than our parents. Eli Matthewson is not going to take this lying down. The little gay rock star of New Zealand comedy makes his Edinburgh debut with a call to arms for the sexless youth. An honest hour from a sexual amateur trying his best. As seen on 7…

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1. Nicky McG19 Aug 2018, 2:56pm Report

His comedy was a little obvious and not really my cup of tea but a lot of the audience seemed to appreciate him so maybe worth a watch.

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