I found out I was heading to 'Eli Matthewson’s Big Audition' a bit unexpectedly and was stoked! I was definitely planning to make my own way there at some point - I’d heard good things about shows like Velcro City and was excited to see Matthewson's solo show.
Matthewson’s energy was immediately apparent and didn’t falter for the entire hour. He bounded onto the stage (twice - timing it to the soundtrack was key). Matthewson had us all ‘naaaw’-ing as he listed the ways he subconsciously acts to make people like him, but it was pretty hard to see why this would ever be an issue. He was a bit snuffly during the show and someone from the audience threw him a packet of tissues – he’s just someone you want to be nothing but nice to.
Matthewson’s show was wholly unpredictable, helped by a fair bit of improv. He had audience members involved in any way he could, and had thought up some stellar ways. In some shows the prospect of ending up on stage is terrifying, but Matthewson had everyone keen to be involved. He thinks of himself as a matchmaking-extraordinaire and convinced us of this through a story cleverly informed by his familiarity for rom-com plotlines. Pop culture references made up a pretty big part of his show, and accounted for a lot of our laughter.
It really did play out like one ‘Big Audition’ and Matthewson was certainly versatile. He had a go at being Beyoncé, his high school drama teacher (resulting in a stream of ridiculously/hilariously cringe worthy moments) and brought back classical music and dinosaur dancing (yep, together – so great) from his childhood. Needless to say, his show is super fun and light-hearted, although there are some more personal moments involving paper towels and bee sting cream…
You’ll like Eli Matthewson’s show if you like fun and hate Pandora bracelets and bees (or can at least see their funny side).
Eli Matthewson auditioned to be my best friend, and I think I’m going to send him through to the next round.
He’s charismatic and funny and we have a common interest in putting on shows to our parents accompanied by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Though his involved dinosaurs and was way cooler than mine were (generally involved me in a nighty doing psuedo-ballet).
He’s self deprecating and quirky, he helps audience members find true(ish) love.
There is live printing. If you sit in the front row you will be involved, but in the nicest, friendliest way.
He desperately wants to be liked (not my assessment- he said so) and he must be doing something right because my friend was so enthused she called out ‘we like you!’ at the end.
Go check out Eli if you want fresh, quirky humour from one of NZs charming up and coming talents
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