Surge of amazing talent in the New Zealand comedy industry, made this year’s Billy T Award Nominations showcase the biggest ever.
Billy T James changed the face of comedy in this country, forging a hugely successful career out of making people laugh. To celebrate his memory and achievements, the New Zealand Comedy Trust created the annual Billy T Award to support up-and-coming comedians with the outstanding potential to take their comedy career to the next level.
2013 Billy T Award winner Rose Matafeo, hosted a fast paced spectacularly hilarious showcase of 20 of the most exciting up-and-coming comedians in the industry at the moment. These emerging talents each gave exceptional performances at The Classic last night vying for a spot in the final five.
Making the incredibly tough decisions, this year’s expert panel of judges features the inaugural winner of the Billy T Award in 1997 Ewen Gilmour; Jackie van Beek (Actor/Writer/Director); Richard Carrington (Managing Director Notorious Management Ltd); Oliver Sealy (TVNZ Producer); and Jon Bridges (Producer of TV3’s 7 Days).
The nominees for the 2014 Billy T Award were selected on their proven comedic ability; talent; dedication; current form and potential, and will be judged on all aspects of their 2014 NZ International Comedy Festival show. Final performances and judging will take place at Last Laughs
, on Sunday 18 May 2014.
We are excited to announce that the five nominees for the 2014 Billy T Award are:
• Brendon Green
• Guy Montgomery
• Jamaine Ross
• Stephen Witt
• Tim Batt
For further details on the 2014 Billy T Awards & nominees - click here.