Well what an amazing Festival it’s been this year. So many shows were on offer (over 500) that it took longer for the Award Committee to get their Nominations ready for announcement. So many we could only touch the surface in our reviews. We try to cover a broad range with a focus on smaller local acts. We’ve all seen a lot of shows and every one of us has put in a lot of voluntary work. We do it for love. Because we are fans of comedy and we want to share our love.
Thanks to the Squirrel Team, to the Melbourne International Festival team for giving Melbourne one of the best Festivals in the world and to the performers who give their hearts and souls to entertain people and bring us joy in many varied and amazing ways.
Awards are difficult. If the Melbourne International Comedy Festival has taught us anything it’s that there are Many different ways to make us laugh; from improvised silent clowning to Musical Comedy supported by a symphony orchestra at Hamer Hall to a solo wordsmith in a spotlight with nothing but their words. How can you say one performer is better than another? Yet it feels good to celebrate excellence and give performers something to aim for.
Honestly any comedian who performed all of their shows and feels good about them and the majority of their audiences is a success. Bravo!
Just a note to let you know that The People’s Choice Award this year was not a vote, as such. It went to the comedian who sold the most tickets.
Our Warmest Congratulations to:
Barry Award (Best Comedy Performer) Winner: Sam Simmons – Spaghetti For Breakfast
Golden Gibbo Award (Independant & Creative show) Winner: Laura Davis – Ghost machine
Piece of Wood (Peer Voted – Comedian’s Choice): Anne Edmonds – You Know What I’m Like!
Director’s Choice Award winner: Matt Okine – The Other Guy
Peoples choice: Wil Anderson – Free Wil
Funny Tonne (Audience Member seeing the most [over 100] shows): Sarah Trevarthen
And previously announced:
Class Clowns (Teen competition) Winner: Will Mckenna (14) from Eltham College (VIC)
RAW Comedy (Newcomer competition) Winner: Angus Gordon (QLD), Runner Up: Rohan Ganju (Vic) Special Mentions: Sam Taunton (Vic) & Jess Perkins (Vic)
Deadly Funny National Final Winner: Nina Kirby (VIC)
The Deadly Mentorship Award Winner: Karen Edwards (QLD)