SUPPORT: NIK HILL
COMPÈRE: PAUL RICKETTS
MATT STELLINGWERF is a fast rising star on the international comedy scene, and highly regarded by his peers. Matt has won four NZ Comedy Guild Awards, been nominated for several others, and was nominated as Best Newcomer at the 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival. Matt was a 2015 and 2016 nominee for the prestigious Billy T Award. A renowned MC and compere, Matt is a 3-time nominee for Best MC in New Zealand.
Hamilton-born and Wanganui-raised farmer’s son and trained criminologist, an award-winning bar fly…and genuinely lovely guy, Matt Stellingwerf is a man 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 this crazy interview he once conducted with a serial killer on Death Row!
Matt now brings a worldview inspired by alcoholic shearing gangs, bizarre Dutch relatives, and criminological theory to the stage and attempts to answer some of life’s enduring mysteries. So come along, grab a brew and have a laugh!
He has toured extensively, performing throughout NZ, Australia, the USA & the United Kingdom.
“Raises the comedy bar…and erudite satire superstar”
PHIL NICHOL is a Canadian comedian, actor, writer and musician. He first found fame as a member of the musical comedy trio Corky and the Juice Pigs, known for the song “Eskimo” and has many appearances on stage and screen.
Nichol’s 2002 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Things I Like I Lick was nominated for the Perrier Award. In 2006, Nichol won the if.comedy award (successor to the Perrier) with a show titled The Naked Racist, which he performed at The Stand; he later performed the same show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. In 2007, Nichol was nominated for Best Headliner at the Chortle Awards.
In 2006, Nichol featured in the first series of Rob Brydon’s Annually Retentive, playing a member of the production team.
Nichol appeared on a special edition of the UK game show The Weakest Link in 2007, featuring comedians. On being voted off, he stripped naked before taking the ‘walk of shame’. Host Anne Robinson joked on Outtake TV that ‘it was disappointing because he only had a small part’.
He also appeared on Series 19 of Never Mind the Buzzcocks. On 21 November 2007, he was featured as a guest and musical artist on The Graham Norton Show, performing a tribute to his fellow guests The Dukes of Hazzard actors Tom Wopat, John Schneider and Catherine Bach, as well as a further song to a woman whom he described anecdotally as “a stalker of his”.