The Spotlight on ... Matt Rees
Meet Matt Rees, the scourge of any comic hoping to win a 'new act' contest in the past year, and, in a way, the next Siân Lloyd
Where in London do you live?
I don’t. I’m a fraud. I live with my parents in Maesteg. A town near Bridgend in Wales where not a lot of things happen, It’s the birthplace of weather presenter Siân Lloyd. I’m hardly there anymore, I travel to gigs quite a lot. I’m one of very few Welshmen to own an Oyster card. It’s just me and Huw Edwards really.
How long have you been gigging for?
My first gig was two years ago, by my third gig I was as a Chortle Student Finalist. I count March last year as when I started doing it properly, I gigged very infrequently before then.
What do we need to know about you?
I’m a 22-year-old-comedian. Winner of the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year, Welsh Unsigned Stand-up Award, Loaded Laftas Search For A Star, and Leicester Square Theatre New Comedian award. "Mathew is a quiet, angelic child who you will normally find playing on his own" – 1991 child study.
What do we not need to know about you, but you're going to tell us anyway?
I occasionally exceed the recommended 3-4 units of alcohol in a day.
What's it been like to win so many new act competitions in quick succession?
It was overwhelming in quick succession but fantastic. It's given me the financial boost, which has allowed me to gig all over the country and get better as a performer. There are so many new comedians starting all the time so entering competitions is essential for standing out.
Who makes you laugh?
I’m a big fan of John Moloney, Frank Skinner, Sean Lock, Jack Dee, Patton Oswalt, Paul F Tompkins, Anthony Jeselnik and Dara O’Briain. There are some new acts I think are great, particularly brewing in Wales. Check out the wonderful Chris Chopping and Jordan Brookes, who is sublime.
What would you like to achieve in comedy?
When I studied business, a guest lecturer said that real winners write down their goals. Didn't take his advice, thought he was a wanker. Still, I'd love to be a circuit comic who is known for being good.
What do your family think of your act?
My parents are under strict instruction not to see me live. They wouldn't normally go to see live comedy anyway. There's enough to think about when you're up on stage anyway without having to quickly edit a mum- and dad-friendly set too.
Where are your favourite parts of London?
I like Brixton because people scream "drugs?!" at you when you pass them on the pavement, that's the Brixton equivalent of subtle drug dealing I guess. On the same day I also saw a drunk man headbutt a KFC. Brixton also has a kebab house called "Halal, Is It Meat You're Looking For" which is a sparkler of brilliance. I am also partial to a bit of Legoland.
Do you have a celebrity doppelganger?
I'm the love child of Martin Clunes and Jo Brand, unfortunately.
Do you have a secret talent?
Walking and reading without killing myself in the process
Are you funnier off or onstage?
Onstage. Beginning comedy allowed me an outlet for getting laughs so I no longer have try as hard in real life.
Matt Rees can be found on Twitter at @themattrees, and here's Matt doing his thing (ignore Kevin McCarron's Nazi salute at the start of this, pretty sure it's accidental)