Comedian Rose Matafeo is leaving New Zealand for the bright lights of the UK - and to join her boyfriend, James Acaster.

The 23-year-old met the star English comic on the comedy circuit in New Zealand last year. The pair have managed a long-distance relationship since and 30-year-old Acaster was back in Auckland to perform in March this year.

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Matafeo confirmed she was leaving our shores in August to move to London. She will then tour and perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with fellow comedian, Guy Montgomery.

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James Acaster. Photo /Supplied
James Acaster. Photo /Supplied

Matafeo says she prefers not to think of it as a permanent move but rather a bid to take her comedy on a revolving tour of the world.

"I am leaving my home and becoming a permanent international couch surfer," she says. "While Guy's in the UK he can find his own couch."

Acaster is a big deal in the UK. Since launching himself on the comedy scene in 2009 he has won numerous awards and become a regular on TV and radio.

Matafeo, a former Billy T James comedy award winner, doesn't let a serious question about her life go by without tripping Spy.

When asked for a photo with Acaster, she moaned: "Can't you do this story about just me? It's all about me, we seriously are not in the same town enough to have posed for any photos I like."

Spy thinks London will become a permanent base if Acaster has anything to do with it. Matafeo is definitely ready for the slog of working her way up in the UK comedy scene.