Nick Rado carried us through Last Laughs at SkyCity Theatre last night. It’s been a great festival, and this show is a great way to end it all with the five Billy T Award nominees, and three Fred Award nominees, performing in front of the excited crowd and judges.
Judging was incredibly tough as all five nominees presented brilliant and creative shows. However, it was Hamish Parkinson who got to don the iconic Yellow Towel, joining the fine line up of the top of New Zealand’s comedy crop. This lovable comedian bared all, literally, and deserved his win for his brilliant set. His show ‘Fly or Die’ was definitely a winner with us, you can read our full review here!
He also walks away with a $4000 cash grant from the New Zealand Comedy Trust, a spot on TV3’s 7 Days, a poster design by Steve Grant Design, Huffer clothing voucher and a campaign on The Rock FM.
The five nominees for the 2015 Billy T Award were all fantastic; Tim Batt, Eli Matthewson, Hamish Parkinson, Nic Sampson and Matt Stellingwerf all performed professional and confident routines.
Also judged on the night was the FRED Award, which was won by none other than Dai Henwood, who received the renowned golden gumboot and a $7,500 prize package including; a cash grant of $2500 from the New Zealand Comedy Trust, a Soar printing voucher, and advertising campaigns with More FM and The Dominion Post.
Other 2015 nominees for The FRED Award were Jamie Bowen and Urzila Carlson – who have both enjoyed accolade from critics and audiences alike, and showcased the diversity of this year’s Comedy Festival.
So thats our Last Laughs for this festival, but remember that you can see and support out local comics all year round!
Other winners from last night’s awards included:
Best International Show – Nish Kumar
Best Newcomer (Auckland) – Chris Parker
Best Newcomer (Wellington) – Abby Howells (Glocknid Dwarf Warrior)