Matthew Harvey is... DANGERMAN!

Whammy Bar, St Kevin’s Arcade, K' Road, Auckland

20/02/2013 - 22/02/2013

Auckland Fringe 2013

Production Details


Jump onboard this steadily paced, tea fuelled ride through a stand-up poetry world with no rules (excepting those of the Health and Safety act 1992) from February 28th.

Matthew Harvey (Poetry Idol Runner up 2011, Best Comedy Nominee Dunedin Fringe 2012) spouts about Tom Jones, Woman’s Day and Masterchef twats in cravats, and he’s “…totally scrumptious…” Theatreview Auckland.

Matthew Harvey is a one man cabaret of spoken word, comedy, and music… no dancing though, he’s rubbish at that. Grab your hi-vis vest and strap on your safety goggles as he fearlessly explores such timeless, classic poetic themes as love, being annoyed at pedestrian crossings, smug aquatic mammals and wanting to be probed by a television doctor. All in a novelty Yorkshire accent.

Matthew Harvey is originally from the U.K. but now he’s here, and he’s stealing your jobs and your women. He was Poetry Idol runner up 2011 and made his Fringe debut in Auckland 2011 with “Gush! Love and Other Filthy Habits” which co-starred his partner Penny Ashton.

He has also been a feature poet at London’s Farrago poetry night and at Wicked Words in Leeds, but without a doubt, his career high point to date, was becoming Castleford and District Cub Scout Quiz Champion in 1986.

…wildly hilarious observations about the world…– Theatreview Dunedin

…stop touching that or you’ll go blind…– Mrs Harvey

Auckland Fringe runs from 15 February to 10 March 2013. For more Auckland Fringe information go to

plays 20th – 22nd February, 8pm
Duration: 60 Minutes
Venue: Whammy Bar, St Kevin’s Arcade, Karangahape Road, Auckland
Tickets: $15 Full, $10 concession. Free to Fringe Artists
Bookings: iTicket – or (09) 361 1000  

1 hr

Conquering the world, one funny poem at a time

Review by Gus Simonovic 21st Feb 2013

They say “observation is the mother of imagination” – and Matthew Harvey is a very good observer. Very very good! If you want to test yourself, try writing a poem about someone pushing the pedestrian traffic-light button, after you have already pushed it; and delivering that poem in front of the audience – with passion and fury. 

When I first read about his DangerMan show, I thought that the title was an obvious joke. I was wrong. Mr Harvey arrives on stage in an extremely dangerous manner, riding a kid’s skateboard/push scooter. He is dressed not to kill, but to sweat (and he does that a lot ).

Tripping over a mic cord for the rest of the show, being hit by occasional flying knickers from his ecstatic fans in the audience, Harvey remains a danger – to himself; a type of loud, cheesy, poetic danger that sets the tone for this Stand-Up-Poetry show.

He opens with a string of poems from his ‘TV trilogy series’ offering his witty social comedy-ntary on topics ranging from Justin Bieber to Rodney Hide; from detective series to German sausages (“ugly people cannot solve murders”) and master-chef (Mustur-chef) to $2 dollar shops.

Then he goes deeper in his “philosophical section” with poems such as: ‘My Question For God’ and ‘What a Difference A Dave Makes’. Going even deeper, Mr DangerMan reveals some of the most intimate parts of his childhood (more muster-cheffing, you guess it) and to no-one’s surprise he finishes with couple of love poems: how could any danger even exist if there was no love? 

And if “A poem About Writing a Love Poem With an Actual Love Poem Stuck On The End” was not a good enough ending for you, Harvey is brave enough to pick up the ukulele and send us off into the night with his version of Radiohead’s ‘I am a Creep’, sounding really authentic and autobiographical.

They say, if you want to be liked as a comedian, “first make a good joke about yourself, and then you can do anything with the audience,” Matthew Harvey goes way beyond that advice and continues making jokes about himself throughout the show, and my God, is he liked! For most of the show he has to yell over continuous laughter from the audience.

He manages to remain ‘real’ and down-to-dirt with his polished performance. It’s a fringe poetry show that you will not only enjoy but can send your mum to, the next day … and your kids.

After the opening show Mr Danger stood at the door and sold some appropriate merchandise (fridge magnets depicting him riding on dolphins!?) – including his collection of poetry. A friend of mine, who flies to Hawaii by the end of the week, purchased one of the books to take with her. Brrr scary, watch-out Hawaii! The DangerMan is coming – conquering the world, one funny poem at a time. 


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