Eli Matthewson – Gutterball

San Francisco Bathhouse, 171 Cuba St, Wellington

24/05/2023 - 27/05/2023

NZ International Comedy Festival 2023

Production Details

When he was just five years old, Eli Matthewson dropped a bowling ball on his mother’s foot and he still doesn’t know if it was intentional. In his new hour of comedy, Eli is on a mission to find out whether he is a nice person, or someone who breaks their mum’s toes on purpose.

As seen on Dancing With The Stars, 7 Days, and Have You Been Paying Attention?.

Winner – Fred Award 2021, NZ International Comedy Festival

Top 20 Jokes of the Edinburgh Fringe 2022 – The Telegraph

★★★★ – EdFringe Review

★★★★ – The Scotsman

★★★★ – Metro

Booking: https://www.comedyfestival.co.nz/find-a-show/ceo-of-vibes/
Price: $25 – $30
Time: 7PM

Comedian – Eli Matthewson

Comedy , Theatre , Solo ,

60 minutes

Individual threads finally wrapped together in a fast-paced show that never loses its momentum

Review by Emma Maguire 25th May 2023

You might have seen Eli Matthewson on Dancing With the Stars this time last year, where he was utterly robbed of a full season due to the whim of the New Zealand voting public – I’m still sour about it (jives are terribly complicated) – and he’s back in Wellington for a zingy hour of hilarious comedy at San Fran.

Matthewson settles us in with one specific moment: when he was a kid he “let the intrusive thoughts win” and dropped a bowling ball on his mum’s foot, breaking her toe. This intrusive thought leads us into a whole bit about the audience’s intrusive thoughts, before he’s off, positively galloping between bit to bit at the speed of light.

Jokes about being a homeowner turn into a long spiel about Cabbage Patch Kids – which pops back wildly and often – to bits about his boyfriend being a psychiatrist, to Dancing With the Stars moments …Matthewson’s set is a wild ride and the audience is completely on board with it, packing out the bar and laughing along heartily the entire time. Even when the show dips into slightly bluer moments, it never does it loses its momentum, which is entirely down to Matthewson himself. He is deeply charismatic and sometimes endearingly laughs at his own jokes.

It’s a fast-paced mismatch of a show but somehow this unlikely combination works, with Matthewson wrapping together all the individual threads of the piece by the end, wherein – as penance for dropping (?) the bowling ball on his mum’s foot in 1993, he holds one over his own. Does he do it? Well, you’ll just have to come along and find out.


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