I found myself in the Q Theatre Loft on Tuesday night, on the final week of the 2021 New Zealand International Comedy Festival. I had come to see festival staple Eli Matthewson’s newest hour of comedy ‘Daddy-Short-Legs’. It was a packed out crowd, in what Matthewson described as “The biggest room he’s ever played in the festival.”

In Daddy-Short-Legs, Matthewson updates us on the recent goings on in his life, from his online presence, to major events in his family and relationships. He was accompanied by a screen and projector, which he used to punctuate some of his jokes with fitting and hilarious visuals.

The meat of the show related to Matthewson’s experiences as a ‘gay comedian’, and how that has affected both his personal and working life. In this he muses on the criticism that he only tells ‘gay jokes’ and examines representation in popular culture.

Matthewson continues in his trend of being interesting and funny. Whether it be slipping in relevant facts or concepts within punchlines, or making jokes about obscure sculpting artists from Wellington, he is fantastic at making you laugh and think at the same time.

Daddy-Short-Legs is a combination of engaging anecdotes, top notch observations and fantastic one liners, guaranteeing an hour of being in stitches. Definitely a show to catch this festival.


What: Daddy-Short-Legs

Who: Eli Matthewson


When:  6:30PM 18 – 22 May

Where: Q Theatre, Loft


When: 5PM 11 – 16 May

Where: BATs Theatre, The Random Stage

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