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2024 Award winners announced

Saturday 20 April, 2024


The Melbourne International Comedy Festival today announced the 2024 award winners at a special ceremony hosted by 2022 winner Rhys Nicholson.

After 25 days – and with one to go, the awards today celebrate the best of the best and showcase the incredible range of performers shing brightly at this year’s Festival, from stand-up and music to clowning and theatre.

Taking out the top award – the 2024 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award for Most Outstanding Show Sarah Keyworth (UK) – My Eyes Are Up Here.

Nominees included: Celia Pacquola, I'm As Surprised As You Are; John Kearns (UK), The Varnishing Days; Julia Masli (Estonia), ha ha ha ha ha ha ha; Kanan Gill (India), What Is This?; Lou WallThe Bisexual's Lament; Oliver ColemanGoof; Ray O'Leary (NZ), Your Laughter Is Just Making Me Stronger; Rose Matafeo (NZ), On And On And On; and Takashi Wakasugi (Japan), Japanese Aussie.

The Best Newcomer Award, for the best solo performer or group of performers doing their first Festival show, went to Noah SztoSuccess In Everything.

Nominees included: Bridget Hassed, Girl Girl Girl; Dylan Murphy & Molly Daniels, Are Dead; Laurence Driscoll, The Prodigay Son; Maddy Weeks, Never Gonna Die; and Samuel Gebreselassie, I'm a Refugee... Get Me Out of Here!

The People’s Choice Award for the most popular show of the Festival, as determined by the ticket buying public, went to Aaron Chen for his show Funny Garden.

Directors’ Choice Award, awarded by the Festival Director in consultation with festival programming colleagues to a show they think deserves celebration went to Ben Russell.

The Pinder Prize, honouring Festival co-founder John Pinder and awarded in collaboration with Assembly Edinburgh will support Bronwyn Kuss  to travel to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with her show Pillows XXXX.

The Golden Gibbo – in memory of the late, great Lynda Gibson – aims to celebrate a local, independent show that pursues the artists’ idea more than it pursues commercial gain. This year  awarded to Dougie Baldwin for his show Detention.

Nominees included: Matt Bell, Dead To Me: A Comedy Ghost Tour; Granny Bingo, Brave New World; Alex Reynolds, ScrumMel McGlensey, Is Motorboat; and Helena Ruse & Pippa Mills, In Conversation With Christ.

The Piece of Wood comics’ choice award, selected by past winners and presented to a peer literally for “doin’ good stuff ‘n’ that” was awarded to Claire Hooper.

The winner of the Funny Tonne award, supported by ArtsHub, to the Funny Tonne-r with the best show review of the year as decided by a team of industry journalists, went to Ryan Hamilton.