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New Zealand Comedy Trust Presents 

Last Laughs

Last Laughs - Hosted by Dai Henwood



Join us for the last night of the Festival as Dai Henwood hosts a killer night of comedy, filmed for a TV3 special broadcast.

Last Laughs showcases the best of the Fest, with show-stopping performances from the five Billy T Award nominees, the three finalists for The Fred Award (Best New Zealand show), and surprise special guests.

This night completes the Festival, so be there to witness the awarding of the legendary Fred Gumboot and the Billy T Yellow Towel.

Grab your mates and come celebrate with the end of the Fest with us, it’ll be funny as!


BillyT_Nom_2014_166x166.jpgThe Billy T Award

Named in honour of New Zealand’s best-loved comedian, Billy T James, the Billy T Awards are an initiative of the New Zealand Comedy Trust that aims to encourage the continued growth of outstanding comedy in New Zealand.

The objective of the award is to recognise and support up-and-coming kiwi comics with outstanding potential, and commitment to their comedy career.

This year’s nominees are Brendon Green, Guy Montgomery, Jamaine Ross, Stephen Witt & Tim Batt. Click here for details of the 2014 nominees.



The Fred Award

The Fred Award is named in honour of ex-pat comedy icon John Clarke’s legendary kiwi character Fred Dagg. The award recognises the best Festival show by a New Zealand performer.  The Fred Award shortlist is announced on Saturday 17 May – keep your eyes peeled!





Showing In:



Sun 18 May, 7pm


SKYCITY Theatre, Auckland


$45* service fees may apply


0800 TICKETEK (842 538)

Show Duration:

3 hours

Critics Review

Ingrid Grenar -'Last Laughs showcased a selection of the best talent in New Zealand last night, with the Billy T and Fred Award finalist all performing. There was also a chance to see this years Raw Comedy Quest winner...'open/close
Last Laughs showcased a selection of the best talent in New Zealand last night, with the Billy T and Fred Award finalist all performing. There was also a chance to see this years Raw Comedy Quest winner.

Hosted by Dai Henwood, this years event was a slicker, shiner show which will be broadcast on TV3. Henwood did a great job as master of ceremonies, and held the show together keeping it pacey and fun.

The Billy T was hard to predict, but it was Guy Montgomary who took away the yellow towel.

The other nominees for the 2014 Billy T Award were: Tim Batt, Brendon Green, Jamaine Ross and Stephen Witt. The standard was extremely high, and all gave a good gig on the night. The 2014 Billy T Award winner takes home more than the prestigious Yellow Towel. There’s a $4000 cash grant from the New Zealand Comedy Trust, a spot on TV3’s 7 Days, $2000 Huffer clothing voucher and a campaign on The Rock FM.

The Fred Award for best show by a New Zealand comedian went to the wonderful Trygve Wakenshaw (Kraken). He gave the best acceptance speech that epitomised why we all loved his show so much. Original, clever and mesmerisingly talented.

The other finalist for The FRED Award were Jamie Bowen (Heart Goes Boom) and Rhys Darby (Mr Adventure) who both performed a top notch set.

The FRED Award winner receives the golden gumboot and $10,000 prize package including; a cash grant of $2500 from the New Zealand Comedy Trust and advertising campaigns with More FM and The Dominion Post.

The Raw winner, James Malcolm, ended up really impressing with his sharp material. Jokingly slating his dress sense as ‘dressing as a toddler’ in a Micky Mouse tee and jeans, he was instandly likable. James Malcolm is a wonderful example of the great young Kiwi talent we have out there.This 18 year old from Wellington is defiantly one to watch.

For the second year TV3’s People’s Choice Award went to Urzilla Carlson, whose sold out shows continue to please and she is well and truly been taken into the people’s hearts.

Here’s to another wonderful NZ International Comedy Festival, great shows, great venues and wonderful audiences too!

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