Matt Stellingwerf

Matt Stellingwerf

"Matt utterly stole the show on Saturday! He’s an outstanding act"
– Comedy Cafe, London

Look at this really long biog his management sent us. I bet NO ONE reads this:

Matt Stellingwerf has come an impressively long way in a short amount of time. He is the newest star on the UK comedy scene, having dominated the comedy stages of New Zealand for the last five years. Highly regarded by his peers, Matt has won four NZ Comedy Guild Awards, including Best Newcomer, and been nominated for the much coveted Billy T Award, as well as several others.

A Hamilton-born and Wanganui-raised farmer's son, Matt trained as a criminologist, he is also an award-winning bar fly, a genuinely lovely guy, and a man full of contradictions.

He expertly brings these contradictions to the stage, with his typical low-key style and confidence, finding the humour in topics as diverse as love, mental illness, sex, drugs, and a crazy interview he once conducted with a serial killer on Death Row…

When this erudite satire-superstar gets onto the stage, the acceleration from zero to a hundred jokes is measured in seconds. Matt Stellingwerf's deftly crafted jokes display a man full of seriously good comedic talent. 

His intelligent style is an interdisciplinary mix of the self-deprecating, satirical and hyperbolic. Grazing upon an all-encompassing choice of topics, he presents information that combines the informative or the personal narrative with pithy personal observations, and the audience laughs easily and applauds readily. 

He has an effortless confidence, and is possessed of a talent for rapid audience interaction that is safe and unthreatening, with the disarming ability to amuse and make you feel smart all at the same time. Having previously been a criminologist, there is a certain degree of scientific reason to Stellingwerf’s material. He has an intellectual wit that is constantly on point, allowing him to mock others for their stupidity without coming across as obnoxious.

Matt’s material focuses on primatology, criminology, social media, politics and politicians, love – all well-constructed yarns, embellished with original thought. Further, his opinions or observations, some of which seem researched and factually based and are interesting anecdotes in their own rights, are bracketed in jokes that are themselves bracketed in jokes. Even simple scrutiny of his audience's reactions, or summaries of his immediately preceding spiel, are funny. 

His strength as a compere is reflected in his 3-time nominations for Best MC at the New Zealand Comedy Festival. Set wise he has toured extensively, performing throughout NZ, Australia, the USA & the United Kingdom, with dynamite short sets, and solo shows to huge acclaim. He has enjoyed recognition on NZ television in Maori TV's Crack Up, Rhys Darby's Short Poppies, TV3's AotearoHA: Rising Stars and TV ONE’s Coverband.

Matt performs at both club and private/ corporate events, pitching his performance perfectly

"Matt utterly stole the show on Saturday! He’s an outstanding act" �" Comedy Cafe, London