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Billy T Award

Started in 1997 and inspired by comedy legend Billy T James, this award celebrates the growth of fresh talent in the New Zealand comedy industry. Each year it is awarded to an outstanding emerging performer with a commitment to their comedy career.

Up to five nominees are selected on their proven comedic ability, talent, current form and potential. The nominees go on to perform their one-hour solo shows in the Festival, where they are judged by a panel of industry experts. The Billy T Award winner is then announced at Last Laughs, our Festival finale show.

Past Winners

1997 Ewen Gilmour & Cal Wilson
1998 Brendhan Lovegrove, Sugar and Spice (Jonathon Brugh & Jason Hoyte) & Te Radar
1999 Philip Patston & The Humourbeasts (Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi)
2000 Mike Loder & Paul Ego
2001 Jan Maree
2002 Dai Henwood
2003 Justine Smith
2004 Ben Hurley
2005 Sam Wills
2006 Cori Gonzalez-Macuer
2007 mrs.peacock
2008 Steve Wrigley
2009 Chris Brain
2010 Rhys Mathewson
2011 Nick Gibb
2012 Guy Williams
2013 Rose Matafeo
2014 Guy Montgomery
2015 Hamish Parkinson
2016 David Correos
2017

Angella Dravid

2018

Melanie Bracewell

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