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.
Most Outstanding Show:
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.
The Golden Gibbo:
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.
Best Newcomer Award:
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.
People’s Choice Award:
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.
Director’s Choice Award:
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.
The Piece of Wood:
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”.
The Funny Tonne:
Winner: Bren Carruthers
Awarded to the Funny Tonner with the best reviews as judged by a panel of expert arts critics.
For more information about the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, visit: www.comedyfestival.com.au for details.
Image: 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award Winners – photo by Jim Lee