2018’s Billy T Award nominees announced

The 2018 Billy T nominees for 2018 have been announced and they’ll all perform their one-hour shows at next year’s NZ International Comedy Festival from 26 April to 20 May.

The nominees were selected on their proven comedic ability; talent; dedication; current form and outstanding potential, and will be judged on all aspects of their show in the 2018 NZ International Comedy Festival. Final performances and the award presentation will happen at Last Laughs on Sunday 20 May 2018.

The five nominees for the 2018 Billy T Award are:

  • Alice Snedden
  • Donna Brookbanks
  • Two Hearts – Laura Daniel & Joseph Moore
  • James Malcolm
  • Melanie Bracewell

Alice Snedden is fast rising in the Auckland scene as a comedian, writer and improviser. She trained and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York where she completed their long-form improv program.

She was nominated for Best Newcomer at the New Zealand International Comedy Festival 2017 and is a member of the hit weekly show, SNORT, on at the Basement Theatre. Alice is currently head writer for TV3’s Jono and Ben and Funny Girls, columnist for the Sunday Star Times and co-host of podcast Boners of the Heart.

Donna Brookbanks is a comedian, improviser and actor. She is a founding member of Snort, Auckland’s cult hit improv show.

Donna debuted her solo show, Cat Lady in Waiting, at this year’s NZ International Comedy Festival and was nominated for Best Newcomer.

She has attended the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with Snort for the last 3 years and in 2017, was part of a double bill with Alice Snedden. Donna has appeared and written for TV’s Funny Girls, Jono and Ben and Best Bits and has appeared twice as (instantly loved and critically applauded*) Wedding Celebrant, Leonie, on Shortland Street. *self-proclaimed

Two Hearts – Laura Daniel (Jono & Ben, Funny Girls, 7 Days) and Joseph Moore (also those shows) have ditched their solo comedy careers to become a serious pop-music duo that go by the name of Two Hearts. Self-titled the Bieber and Beyoncé of musical comedy, this powerhouse duo delivers catchy AF bangers, that also have jokes in them.

James Malcolm is the Taylor Swift of New Zealand comedy because they both write about their ex-boyfriends.

James shocks and entertains with an explicitly detailed look into his adventures as a wannabe gay icon. He was nominated for the 2016 Billy T Award and won the 2014 NZ Raw Comedy Quest.

At only 22 years old, Melanie Bracewell has shot to success in comedy. She began in 2014 as the winner of the 7 Days Comedy Apprentice competition and continued impressing audiences to win the 2015 Raw Comedy Quest.

Since then, she has been in hot demand, performing at events including Rhythm and Vines and won the Best Newcomer award for her first solo show in the 2016 Comedy Festival. With goofy observations and natural stage charisma, Melanie is a master of anecdotes.