Eli Matthewson: An Inconvenient Poof (3 stars)

This article is from 2019

Eli Matthewson: An Inconvenient Poof

A funny New Zealand comic whose material is spread a little thinly

There's a lot to like about this Kiwi comedian, especially the bit where he acts out a scene where the Christian god has been replaced by a flamboyant team of drama-loving, ancient Greek deities instead. Matthewson talked about his own Christian upbringing in last year's show, The Year of Magical Fucking, and returns to tell more tales from his closeted teenage years such as the trips to a religious Easter Camp.

There is the same blend of wholesome content (he was head prefect at school, leading a zealous pro-recycling campaign) mixed with more adult material about a recent trip to a sex shop with his partner. Plus there's some off-the-cuff stuff about macho stag dos which goes down very well with the room, and a nicely syrupy, bitchy bit about straight blokes obsessed with whether he's a top or a bottom.

It's like he's trying to make this a show with 'something for everyone' which, from a comedy point of view, is diluting his charms. Matthewson wants to spread a message about climate change, discuss dinosaurs, do camp put-downs, forward-plan being a parent and have a Michael Jackson musical interlude. Which is all fine, but it feels like he has the potential to be far funnier, if he was only braver to cover a few less bases.

Underbelly George Square, until 26 Aug, 9.20pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9).

Eli Matthewson – An Inconvenient Poof

  • 3 stars

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