UPDATE : Stand-by for an updated bio. Matt has been living and working as a professional comedian in the UK for the last 5-6 years and is coming home for the holidays and catch up with the Classic Crew.
2012 Raw Comedy Quest semi-finalist, Matt Stellingwerf is a fast rising star on the New Zealand 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 is a 2016 Billy T Comedy Award Nominee (also a 2015 Nominee)
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, have a laugh and remember...lower expectations make it better for everyone!
He has performed extensively around New Zealand, from Cape Reinga to Invercargill, and everywhere in between!
On television you may have seen him on Maori TV's Crack Up, and getting shot with a crossbow in a strip club on TV ONE’s Coverband.
"...an intellectual ‘Fonze’...extremely laid back and relaxed with the audience, seamlessly having banter and keeping his cool" Keeping Up With NZ
Follow Matt on Twitter: @M_Stellingwerf