2019 Melbourne International Comedy Award Winners



The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award for the best show: James Acaster (UK) Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999

Anne Edmonds- What’s Wrong With You? 
Cassie Workman – Giantess
Geraldine Hickey – Things Are Going Well
Nath Valvo – I’m Happy For You
Tom Allen (UK) – Absolutely 

Blake Freeman

The Best Newcomer: Blake Freeman – There’s Something There 

Dan Rath – Bubble Bath
Nina Oyama – Needs a Lift
Oliver Coleman – Poolside

Joshua Ladgrove

The Golden Gibbo Award (for an artistic independent production): Neal Portenza & Joshua Ladgrove –Neal Portenza is Joshua Ladgrove

Nominees for The Golden Gibbo Award:
Game Boys – Game Boys Cinematic Universe
Lauren Bok – Rock Out With Your Bok Out 
Margot Tanjutco – Vanity Fair Enough

Urzila Carlson

Oliver Coleman – Poolside
Patrick Collins – Mime Consultant / Patrick Collins And the Magic Shoe

People’s Choice Award: Urzila Carlson Loser 

This award signifies that Urzila Carlson sold the most tickets at this year’s Festival.

Aaron Chen

The Directors’ Choice Award: Aaron Chen – Piss Off (Just Kidding) 

Presented by Melbourne International Comedy Festival Director Susan Provan

The Pinder Prize: Sam Taunton – Straight From The Shoulder & Steph Tisdell – The Pyramid

This Award funds their trips to the Edinburgh Fringe
to perform at Assembly Festival. It was presented by Demi Lardner

Geraldine Hickey

Piece of Wood Award (Peer Award from other comedians):  Geraldine Hickey – Things Are Going Well

Presented by Greg Fleet who created the Award and Heath Franklin last year’s winner.

Funny Tonne Winner: John Souness

Deadly Funny National Grand Final winner: Fabian Woods

Fady Kassab

RAW Comedy Grand Final Winner: Fady Kassab (NSW)  
Fady has won a trip to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival to compete in So You Think You’re Funny?.
RAW Runners-Up: Suraj Kolarkar (QLD) and Laura Hutchinson (WA)

Class Clowns National Grand Final Winners Patti Fawcett (Bendigo South East College, VIC)
Class Clowns Runners-Up:
Whose My Parents? (Ben Depoma, Cyrus James-Hankin, Soren Pryor) from St Theresa’s Catholic College Abergowrie, QLD, and Nic Doring (Alexandria Park Community High School NSW)

Nath Valvo : Boy Next Door

By Ellyse O’Halloran

In this witty hour of entertainment, Nath Valvo chronicles stories of growing up and his journey to find a date to his brothers wedding so as to avoid the dreaded singles table. Valvo begins the show by engaging in some small talk with the audience. He is a joy to watch and has a charming cockiness about him that adds to his appeal.

The stage is adorned with three bright red mailboxes. As he tells anecdotes from different stages of his life, starting with his childhood in Greensborough, he moves along the mailboxes. He recites various things like love-letters he wrote as a child and responses he received to his ad on flat mate finder. He builds a good rapport with the audience through interaction and at various points in the show, invites certain audience members up on stage.

Valvo is confident in his physicality and its nice to see a stand-up not just playing their self but also making bold choices with delivery for example when he’s talking about other people, he embodies their demeanor which embellishes the story and adds comedic value.

The show is about being a kid in the nineties and being single at thirty, with insights into the gay dating scene. He tells one particular hilarious story about a first date with a man he nicknamed McDreamy that took a turn for the horrible. Valvo’s comedy is honest, brazen and full of energy.

Boy Next Door is on at the Melb Town Hall – Backstage Room until April 20

Boy Next Door is on at Melb Town Hall – Backstage Room until April 20

5 Good Reasons to see Nath Valvo – Boy Next Door

1. Making this list reminds me of the song “20 good reasons” by Thirsty Merc (who ironically all now work at a Juice Bar called Thirsty Merc) so maybe the first reason to see my show is that you won’t hear the song “20 good reasons” by Thirsty Merc.

2. I have done my research (throughly) and will present my ultimate Grindr Vs Tinder research results. They are truly whore’ish and awesome.

3. I will share the single most humiliating thing that has ever happened to me in my life. It went down on a first date. It was truly awful for me … will be greatly entertaining for you.

4. My show is on at 9.30 … I have just looked up what is on the TV at that time! Pretty shit options!
Law and Order SVU, American Restoration, Dateline, 2 Broke Girls … and Station Close (ABC 3) that means the station is literally closed … surely my show will be better than that (maybe).

5. You’ll probably pick up at my show.*

*I have no evidence or knowledge of that ever happening however WHY NOT?! Get your best suit on, smack on some nice smelly stuff and you never know what could happen at my show!**

**You probably won’t pick up at my show.

Nath Valvo – Boy Next Door is on at Melb Town Hall – Backstage Room

5 Good Reasons to see Luke McGregor, URZILA CARLSON and Nath Valvo

5 Good Reasons to see Luke McGregor – My Soulmate Is Out Of My League

1. It’s my first solo show, so I’ll be a nervous wreck, which should be good to watch.

2. I know I said I’ll be a nervous wreck above but I don’t want you to think I won’t remember the jokes or anything.

3. Maybe I won’t be nervous? Maybe on the night I’ll be super confident (no chance).

4. Maybe if I wear sunglasses the whole time I’ll be less nervous…

5. Please come.

Luke McGregor will be performing at the Portland Hotel in the Locker Room




1. You get to listen to my dulcet tones for an hour.

2. You get to look at some eye candy for an hour.

3. You learn valuable life lessons that could save your life.

4. My show is the tri nations of comedy, a South African Kiwi in Australia.

5. It’s funny

Urzila will be performing at The Melb Town Hall in the Portico Room


Nath Valvo Almost 30

1. I guarantee you will leave my show feeling better about your own life. I am 29 years old and had to move back in with my parents last year. Do you know how it feels to cock block your own Dad?!


3. If you have ever worn a hyper colour T shirt, owned a Hit Machine CD, watched Agro’s Cartoon Connection, drank Dr Pepper … DID I MENTION THERE IS CAKE??

4. I recently purchased a pirated DVD copy of what was meant to be ‘Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 2’ …. it turned out to be illegal amateur footage of the most disturbing slash hilarious thing I have ever seen. I reveal what I saw in my show. It will blow your mind and stay with with you for weeks.

5. I will murder a puppy for every ticket not sold at my show.

Nath will be performing at Trades Hall in The Annex