Announced by the legendary Barry Humphries, The Barry Award is one of the world’s most prestigious comedy awards, recognising the Most Outstanding Comedy Festival show of the season.
With just one week left of the 2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the judges for the Annual Barry Award – who include industry professionals and media – came to a consensus on the shortlist late last night.
Nominees for the 2016 Barry Award are Anne Edmonds, Damien Power, David O’Doherty, Luisa Omielan, Rhys Nicholson, Tom Ballard and Zoe Coombs Marr.
To be eligible for the Barry Award, a show must have had at least 10 performances during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in the particular year. Past winners include Sam Simmons, Denise Scott, Nina Conti and Ross Noble.
Also announced were the nominees for the Best Newcomer Award, with Demi Lardner, Guy Montgomery, Rose Matafeo and Tom Walker securing nominations.
Capping it off comes the Golden Gibbo Award, for Best Independent Production. The nominees are Asher Treleaven & Gypsy Wood, Lessons with Luis, Tommy Dassalo and Zoe Coombs Marr.