Rose Matafeo wins Edinburgh best comedy show

Kiwi comedian Rose Matafeo has won the best comedy show award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

On Saturday (local time) the 26-year-old Funny Girls star was granted a £10,000 prize (NZ$19,200) by one of her comedy heroes, Steve Coogan.

"I am completely overwhelmed to win this award. Far out. Awesome actually," she wrote on Twitter.

"I just wanted to do a fun, daft show," she told The Guardian.

"I make comedy for women like me, in their 20s and looking for fun, and the response to the show has been amazing. I think a lot of women were going: 'Yeah, that's me.'"

Matafeo, of Samoan and Scottish-Croatian heritage, is the first non-white person and the fifth woman to win the best comedy show award in its 38-year history.

Horndog, her winning show about passion and obsession, debuted at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival in May.

Awards director Nica Burns said Horndog is "an utterly original show, a totally hilarious spoof with a completely unexpected ending".

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was sharing in the congragulations, writing on Twitter: "This is huge! Congratulations Rose". 

Matafeo beat six other finalists, including Ahir Shar, Alex Edelman, Felicity Ward, Kieran Hodgson, Larry Dean and Glen Moore.

Last year Australian Hannah Gadsby, star of her own Netflix comedy special Nanette, shared the prize with the UK's John Robins.