Saturday 17 April, 2021
On the final Saturday of the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Australian comedy industry came together to celebrate the highlights of this year’s Festival. Hosted by Adam Hills at The Toff in Town, the nominees were joined by special guests and past winners including Festival Director, Susan Provan AO who presented the Directors’ Choice & People’s Choice Awards, as well as 2019 Winner James Acaster (via video), presenting the 2021 Most Outstanding Show award from his home in London.
Winner: Geraldine Hickey What a Surprise
Nominees: Aaron Chen Sorry Forever, David Quirk Astonishing Obscurity, Ivan Aristeguieta Piñata, Luke Heggie Lowbreed, Michelle Brasier Average Bear, Nikki Britton One Small Step and Reuben Kaye The Butch is Back
Winner: Charlie Zangel Cockatiel
Nominees: Anna Piper Scott Queer & Present Danger, Chris Ryan Big Hair, Big Dreams and Scout Boxall Good Egg
The Best Newcomer is awarded to a solo performer or group of performers doing their first Festival show.
Winner: Daniel Sloss (SCO) Hubris
The People's Choice is awarded to the most popular show of the Festival as determined by the ticket buying public.
Winner: Melanie Bracewell (NZ) The Rumours Are True
The Directors' Choice is awarded by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Director in consultation with festival programming colleagues.
Winners: Nat Harris & Hannah Camilleri Pét-Nat + Han ah Chocolat
Nominees: Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall & Andy Matthews Teleport, Ben Knight Teacher, Claire Sullivan Toast Rat and Woah, Alyssa! Woah, Alyssa! 3
The Golden Gibbo is awarded in memory of the late, great Lynda Gibson to a local, independent show that pursues the artists’ idea more than it pursues commercial gain.
Winner: Greg Larsen This Might Not Be Hell
The Piece of Wood is the comics’ choice award, selected by past winners and presented to a peer literally for “doin’ good stuff ‘n’ that”.
Winner: Bren Carruthers
Awarded to the Funny Tonner with the best reviews as judged by a panel of expert arts critics.
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