Rose Matafeo has made her US television debut with a stand-up set on the US talk show Conan, hosted by late-night legend Conan O'Brien.

Matafeo performed a set in which she discussed why it was a "tough year to be a straight woman".

"It's absolutely devastating to be honest because it's the worst of all of them," she jokes.

"It's the worst gender/sexuality combination I think you can get. It's the one that reflects the poorest decision making skills out there.

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"What that means is that given all of the options in the world, we still went for dudes. What? How do we defend that choice, especially at a time like this?

"To still like dudes in 2019, it almost feels like trying to recommend a restaurant that has given you food poisoning eight times."

Before her set, Matafeo posted a photo of herself by her dressing room, posing in a "two piece matching knit outfit".

Matafeo's set has been met with praise back home in New Zealand and abroad, with one US viewer saying he "loved" the Kiwi star's set.