Comedian, MC, Host, Writer
The hilarious Eli Matthewson burst onto the television scene in 2013, starting out as a music presenter for TVNZU. Since then, he has appeared as a panelist on 7 days, as well as an actor and writer for Funny Girls and Jono and Ben. He has also featured on Rhys Darby’s mockumentary Short Poppies. Eli is now a leading voice in the modern NZ comedy scene, earning accolades across New Zealand and abroad. He is a two time Billy T Awards nominee, double winner of Auckland Fringe’s Best Comedy Award, and in 2017 was a nominee for NZ’s top comedy honor The Fred Award. Based in Auckland, Eli returns to his hometown of Christchurch as often as possible to perform at events such as the famed World Buskers Festival. He aces live performances, which is why he can transfer his skills flawlessly to MCing. He is able to deliver a professional, polished yet entertaining and hilarious performance to anything he does. His ability to capture the crowd's attention with his quick-wit and candid jokes make him an excellent host for all kinds of events.
Auckland, New Zealand
SPADA FILM & TV CONFERENCE MC AOTEA CENTRE, AUCKLA
As the 2019 SPADA Conference MC, Eli displayed an instinctual knack for making people feel at ease, as well picking up on key themes and humorous moments.
Eli brought a relaxed yet still professional quality to his work, and very quickly picked up on the audience’s vibe and delivered the right tone and pace for the room.
The MC role for the SPADA Conference is very demanding. Not only running the main room and introducing the programme’s keynotes and speakers, but also MC’ing the prestigious SPADA Industry Awards, and the logistically demanding South Pacific Pictures’ Big Pitch. All of these elements Eli managed to handle with the appropriate aplomb and panache.
To top it all off, Eli is also a complete delight to work with: so I would highly recommend him for any future MC work.
Executive Director, SPADA