Melbourne International Comedy Festival reveals 2021 award nominees
13.04.2021

Melbourne International Comedy Festival reveals 2021 award nominees

Ivan Aristeguieta, Luke Heggie and Geraldine Hickey
Words by Tom Parker

After weeks of festivity and hilarity, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival award nominees are here.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has just announced their 2021 award nominees, with shortlists for Most Outstanding Show, The Golden Gibbo and Best Newcomer awards now here.

What you need to know

  • The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has revealed its 2021 award nominations
  • There are shortlists for Most Outstanding Show, The Golden Gibbo and Best Newcomer awards
  • The award winners will be announced on Saturday April 17

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Those nominated for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award for the Most Outstanding Show include Aaron Chen for his show, Sorry Forever, David Quirk for Astonishing Obscurity, Geraldine Hickey with What a Surprisewhile Ivan Aristeguieta has also been recognised for his show Piñata.

Others include Luke Heggie with Lowbreed, Michelle Brasier and her show, Average Bear, Nikki Britton with One Small Stepwhile Reuben Kaye rounds out the Most Outstanding Show nominations with The Butch is Back.

As to The Golden Gibbo – an award that recognises a local, independent show that “bucks trends and pursues the artist’s idea more strongly than it pursues any commercial lure”nominations come via Alasdair Tremblay-Birchall & Andy Matthews‘ joint show, Teleport, Ben Knight‘s Teacher, Claire Sullivan with Toast Rat, Nat Harris & Hannah Camilleri‘s Pét-Nat + Han ah Chocolat, with Woah, Alyssa! rounding out the list with her self-titled show.

The final nominations come courtesy of the Best Newcomer Award. For this, the likes of Anna Piper Scott (Queer & Present Danger), Charlie Zangel (Cockatiel), Chris Ryan (Big Hair, Big Dreams) and Scout Boxall (Good Egg) have been recognised for their efforts.

Each of the above three awards will be announced on Saturday April 17, while three other awards, The People’s Choice Award, The Directors’ Choice Award and The Piece of Wood will also be revealed on the same day.

For more info on the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival award nominations head here.

The festival finishes up on Sunday April 18. Grab tix to a last-minute show here.