Wednesday, 21 November 2018

NZ funny girl wins top gong at Edinburgh Fringe Festival

NZ funny girl wins top gong at Edinburgh Fringe Festival
26 Aug

Top comedians from New Zealand and Britain are praising stand-up comic Rose Matafeo who’s won one of the world’s most prestigious comedy awards.

Jackie van Beek, Rose Matafeo and Laura Daniel

Rose Matafeo starred in TV comedy series Funny Girls.
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The New Zealand comedian has won the award for best comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe, the world’s largest festival for comedians, for her stand-up and sketch show Horndog.

Matafeo is only the fifth woman to take the title, beating out nominees from America, Russia, India, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

She is also the first non-white person to win the award in its 38 year history.

The 26-year-old, who is of Samoan, Scottish and Croatian heritage, is best known for her role in the late night sketch programme Funny Girls. Ms Matafeo is a past winner of the prestigious Billy T Award.

Ms Matafeo took to Twitter and said she was “completely overwhelmed to win this award”.

She told the Edinburgh newspaper, the Scótsman “It feels so exciting to be part of