FRINGEWORLD 2017 – Matt Stewart – Pretty Dry (4 Stars)

Review by Kieran Eaton

Matt Stewart is an understated Victorian with originally funny ideas that can only be expressed in his monotone manner. This is what sets him apart from other young comics doing this festival and he embraces it fully.  This low energy act may make you feel like you are in a hostage situation but time flies, as you are busy laughing!

Stewart has had many professions but luckily, he is concentrating on comedy. His thought-provoking mind tends to get him into trouble and his tight one line surreal observations make the stage his home. With his big beard and spectacles, he clearly stands out, even though he portrays himself as not wanting to. Stewart grew up in the country, explaining his dry sense of humour.  It is remarkable how he can get laughter from just the way he pauses. He even turns his lack of expression into comedy fodder highlighting his comedic braininess. There is no story-line to Matt Stewart – Pretty Dry, though you do get to know his character well.

For example, you get to learn about Stewart’s Vegetarianism from an early love of animals. This is tough for him as a country teen, being considered freakish. His comfort in his own skin allows him to describe his moral dilemma for being addicted to horse racing. His ability to see the funny side of ironic things is what makes this future star so clever. Matt Stewart – Pretty Dry is dead pan comedy at its best.


When: 20th – 28th January 2017 | 6:50pm

Where: Noodle Palace | Fringe Central | PERTH

Tickets: $21 – $25

Info: Duration 50 minutes | Suitable 18+