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.
Eligible comedians are NZ citizens or residents who have had between one and three solo shows in the Festival. With applications for the award opening in October each year, this award is a journey which takes place over several months leading up to the Festival in May.
Up to five nominees are selected on their proven comedic ability, talent, current form and potential. The nominees go on to perform a set during the Billy T Jams showcase in February, then 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.
Many of New Zealand’s most celebrated comedians have received the Fred Award.
Past Winners of the Billy T Award:
For the full list including nominees, visit the Comedy Festival website, and see below for the full list of winners.
|2007||Mrs Peacock (Jarrod Baker and Dave Smith)|
The Humourbeasts (Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi)
Radar (Andrew Lumsden)
Sugar and Spice (Jonathan Brugh and Jason Hoyte)