Billy T Award fi­nal­ist comes to town


BA – the un­der­grad de­gree de­ri­sively known as the ‘Bug­ger All’ grabs cen­tre stage at the Dark Room this week.

Open­ing tonight for a four-night sea­son is the stand-up com­edy show Bach­e­lor Of Arts by 2016 Billy T Award nom­i­nee Matt Stelling­w­erf.

Matt knows all about the BA. He did one. Couldn’t get a job, so did an MA. He then be­came a crim­i­nol­o­gist. Crim­i­nol­ogy plays its part in the rou­tine of this promis­ing co­me­dian who has im­pressed since his de­but in 2012 when he was a Raw Com­edy Quest semi-fi­nal­ist.

Matt won the In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Festival’s Best New­comer in 2013, was a nom­i­nee in 2014, has won four NZ Com­edy Guild Awards, and his 2015 show Psy­chob­a­b­ble earned him his first Billy T nom­i­na­tion.

Fresh from his de­but on TV3’s AotearoHA: Ris­ing Stars, with ap­pear­ances on Maori TV’s Crack Up and TV1’s Cover­band, Matt’s 2016 Billy T Award nom­i­nated show Bach­e­lor of Arts cov­ers top­ics such as the sor­did love lives of the Olympians, the US con­sti­tu­tion, Shake­speare’s in­flu­ence on sex­ting, and how Ein­stein pre­dicted the break up of One Di­rec­tion.

The show has been de­scribed as ‘‘In­cred­i­bly witty, ut­terly filthy, un­de­ni­ably lov­able!’’, with Matt la­belled ‘‘an eru­dite satire su­per­star’’ by one re­viewer, and pro­claimed ‘‘the high­light of the [Billy T] nom­i­nees’’ by an­other.

Billy T Award nom­i­nee Matt Stelling­w­erf is bring­ing his well rated Bach­e­lor of Arts Show to The Dark Room this week.

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