Com­edy’s Billy T Award no laugh­ing mat­ter for Matafeo

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Co­me­dian Rose Matafeo had the last laugh in the New Zealand In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val when she picked up the pres­ti­gious Billy T Award.

Miss Matafeo, 21, fea­tured in the Auck­land City Har­bour News ear­lier this month speak­ing about her rapid rise through the ranks of the Kiwi com­edy cir­cuit.

She started per­form­ing stand up com­edy in night­clubs at just 15, and has been a reg­u­lar on the stage ever since.

Miss Matafeo beat 2013 Billy T Award nom­i­nees Eli Matthewson, Joseph Moore, Pax, and Tom Fur­niss to don the fa­mous yel­low towel given to win­ners.

The young co­me­dian says to be nom­i­nated with four of her friends meant a lot to her.

‘‘It’s a new young wave of com­edy in New Zealand, which is a fresher look on com­edy,’’ she says.

‘‘Ev­ery sin­gle one of them is ex­cit­ing and dif­fer­ent from what we have had in New Zealand com­edy for the past cou­ple decades.’’

The Billy T Award

was cre­ated in 1997 by the New Zealand Com­edy Trust.

It hon­ours one of New Zealand’s great­est co­me­di­ans, the late Billy T James, and not only recog­nises out­stand­ing po­ten­tial but helps foster and en­cour­age New Zealand comedic tal­ent. The prize means Miss Matafeo re­ceives a $3500 grant from the New Zealand Com­edy Trust, a spot on TV3’s 7 Days, Huf­fer cloth­ing and an ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign on The Rock FM.

Last laugh: Rose Matafeo has won the pres­ti­gious Billy T Award for 2013.

Visit auck­land­c­ity har­bournews.co.nz and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see Rose Matafeo’s fash­ion do’s and don’ts.

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