Rose Matafeo

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Rose Matafeo
Born (1992-02-25) 25 February 1992 (age 27)[1]
ResidenceLondon, England, UK
NationalityNew Zealand
OccupationComedian, television presenter
Years active2007–present

Rose Matafeo (born 25 February 1992)[1] is a New Zealand comedian, actress, and TV presenter. She is a writer and performer on the NZ late-night comedy sketch show Funny Girls.[3]

Early life[edit]

Matafeo grew up in Auckland, New Zealand and attended Auckland Girls' Grammar School, where she was head girl. She has two brothers. Her father is Samoan and her mother is Scottish and Croatian.[3][4]

At the age of 15, Matafeo started doing stand-up comedy through the platform of the "Class Comedians" programme put on by the New Zealand Comedy Trust, and went on to win the "Nailed It on the Night" award at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival in 2007. She's been a regular at the festival since.[5]


Since graduating from the "Class Comedians" programme, Matafeo went on to win best newcomer at the 2010 New Zealand International Comedy Festival.[5] She became a host of the popular comedy festival show "Fanfiction Comedy"[6] in 2012. She has had success with her solo stand-up comedy shows at the festival: Life Lessons I've Learnt from the 60s Based on Things I've Seen on Television (2011), Scout's Honour (2012) and The Rose Matafeo Variety Hour (2013).

Matafeo won the Billy T Award, which recognises the potential of up-and-coming New Zealand comedians, for The Rose Matafeo Variety Hour in 2013, having previously been nominated for her show Scout's Honour in 2012.[4][7][8] Her 2014 show at the festival was titled Pizza Party.[9] In 2015 she performed a duo show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with Guy Montgomery titled Rose Matafeo and Guy Montgomery Are Friends.[10][dead link]

Matafeo was a TV presenter and host of U Live, which ran on the TVNZ U channel from 13 March 2011 until 31 August 2013, when the channel came to an end. Upon TVNZ U finishing, she took on a new role as a writer for Jono and Ben at Ten, a satirical news and comedy sketch show.[11] In 2018 she played the role of Talia in the ABC comedy Squinters. [12]

Matafeo has listed comedians and writers Taika Waititi and Tina Fey as well as actress Lena Dunham as her influences.[13] She is a self-confessed Burt Bacharach fan, and lists him among the likes of Michael Jackson and the Bee Gees as being one of her favourite artists when she was younger. She named her cat Burt Bachacat after the artist.[14]

Matafeo currently hosts the podcast Boners of the Heart with Alice Snedden on the Little Empire Podcast Network.[15]

On 25 August 2018, Matafeo won the main prize at the 2018 Edinburgh Comedy Awards at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, for her show Horndog[16], collecting a £10,000 prize. [17]

Matafeo appears on Jon Richardson: Ultimate Worrier as an investigator into worrisome topics.

Personal life[edit]

Matafeo has previously dated English comedian James Acaster[18][3] and New Zealand comedian Guy Williams.[14][19] Matafeo partly lives in London.


  1. ^ a b Rose Matafeo - My World on Fresh. Fresh TV. 31 March 2013. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  2. ^ Salter, Caitlin. "Enter Stage Left: Rose Matafeo". The Southland Times. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Brian Logan (3 August 2017). "Comic Rose Matafeo: 'I definitely probably have a moderate amount of talent'". The Guardian.
  4. ^ a b Michelle Robinson (13 April 2014). "Rose Matafeo - the thorn within".
  5. ^ a b "Biography at Johnson&Laird" (PDF).
  6. ^ Rebecca Barry Hill (16 April 2012). "Why making it as a comedian goes beyond a joke". The New Zealand Herald.
  7. ^ "The Billy T Award Nominees announced for 2013". 18 October 2012.
  8. ^ Jessica Beresford (20 May 2013). "Rose Matafeo takes out Billy T award". TVNZ One News.
  9. ^ "Rose Matafeo - Pizza Party". Archived from the original on 2 November 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Comedian leaves TVNZ U for Jono and Ben at 10". The New Zealand Herald. 13 July 2013.
  12. ^ David Knox (7 February 2018). "Squinters". TV Tonight.
  13. ^ Emma Clifton (9 May 2013). "Getting the last laugh". Yahoo NZ. Archived from the original on 2013-10-05. Retrieved 2013-10-05.
  14. ^ a b Charles Anderson (2 June 2013). "The tale of a cat named Burt Bachacat".
  15. ^ "Boners Of The Heart". Little Empire Podcast Network.
  16. ^ Premier. "2018 Winners - Edinburgh Comedy Awards". Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  17. ^
  18. ^ Rose Matafeo [@Rose_Matafeo] (3 September 2015). "it was after James' show and she was like "isn't be brilliant?" and I was like "yeah he's alright" - absolutely negged my bf in front of her" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Emma Rawson (27 February 2014). "Meet funny girl Rose Matafeo". New Zealand Women's Weekly.

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