Winner: James Acaster Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999 (UK)
Nominees: Anne Edmonds What’s Wrong With You?, Cassie Workman Giantess, Geraldine Hickey Things Are Going Well, Nath Valvo I’m Happy For You, Tom Allen Absolutely (UK)
Winner: Blake Freeman There's Something There
Nominees: Dan Rath Bubble Bath, Nina Oyama Needs a Lift, Oliver Coleman Poolside
Awarded to a solo performer or group of performers doing their first Festival show
Winner - Urzila Carlson Loser
Awarded to the most popular show of the Festival as determined by the ticket buying public
Winner - Aaron Chen piss off (just kidding)
Awarded by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Director in consultation with other visiting festival program directors
For 2019 the Pinder Prize is going to support two performers making their Edinburgh Fringe debut at the Assembly venues in August: Sam Taunton who is taking his show Straight From The Shoulder, and Steph Tisdell (who will be appearing in The Aboriginal Allstars show along with Andy Saunders & Kevin Kropinyeri).
Honouring Festival co-founder John Pinder, one of Australian comedy’s most influential producers and biggest fans
Winner: Neal Portenza & Joshua Ladgrove Neal Portenza is Joshua Ladgrove
Nominees: Game Boys Game Boys Cinematic Universe, Lauren Bok Rock Out With Your Bok Out, Margot Tanjutco Vanity Fair Enough, Oliver Coleman Poolside, Patrick Collins Mime Consultant
Awarded in memory of the late, great Lynda Gibson and will be awarded to a local, independent show that pursues the artists’ idea more than it pursues commercial gain.
Winner - Geraldine Hickey Things Are Going Well
Comics’ choice award, is selected by past winners and will be presented to a peer literally for “doin’ good stuff ‘n’ that”
Winner - John Souness
Going to the person who saw the most Festival shows and wrote the most reviews.
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