Eli Matthewson

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Eli Matthewson
Top Skills
  • Comedy Host
  • Compere/MC
  • Debator
  • Judge
  • Panellist
Top Interests
  • Music
  • Film & Television
  • Current Affairs
  • Politics
  • Travel


Comedian, MC, Host, Writer

Eli is a leading voice in the new blood of comedy who in just a few short years has earned accolades across New Zealand and abroad. Eli is a two time Billy T Awards nominee, twice winner of the Auckland Fringe’s Best Comedy Award and in 2017 was a nominee for New Zealand’s top comedy honour, the Fred Award. Based in Auckland, Eli is originally from Christchurch and performs in his home town as often as possible at events such as the famed World Buskers Festival. Since breaking onto the scene in 2013 Eli has become a recognisable face onscreen. As a huge music fan, he started out in a dream job as a music presenter for TVNZU and since then has appeared as a panelist on 7 Days, an actor on Jono and Ben, Funny Girls and Rhys Darby’s Short Poppies. His stand-up act has featured on Aotearoha: Rising Stars and TVNZ’s Backbeat Comedy Special.

Testimonials (4)

  • Just thought I’d say Eli was brilliant this morning. Edgy, but smart enough to make it work with a corporate audience, and speaking from the heart as well. We’ve had heaps of good feedback about him alrady.
    — SkyCity Rainbow Breakfast 2018 - Michael Stevens
  • “He nails every punchline, with entertainingly candid jokes and an engaging, animated delivery.”
    — NZ Herald Review
  • “A must-see” - stuff.co.nz “Eli captures everyone’s attention from the moment he steps out on stage and manages to hold it for the duration of the hour…He’s hilarious.”
    — The SpinOff
  • “We’ve asked Eli several times to MC and perform at our events. He always brings down the house with his wit, and as MC connects the evening together well to give attendees that feel of a polished, produced event. Eli is always well liked by everyone and we will be asking him to work with us again in the future!”
    — Duncan Matthews, Rainbow Youth Executive Director

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