The Billy T Award is possibly the most well-known award in New Zealand comedy. The winner receives the famous ‘yellow towel’, a small grant, and a lot of prestige. Every year, many up-and-coming comedians spend a significant amount of time and money preparing for this process.
George Fenn, age 23.
Hudson and Halls LIVE peaked my interest during its first season in Auckland. So when the big banner went up on the Hannah Playhouse I was delighted to get a chance to see what the fuss is about later this week. My taste in theatre is very broad. I would probably have been satisfied with the hook of “people cook a meal and it’s funny.” I hadn’t realised there was a real Hudson and Halls in the 70’s and 80’s. I had a chat with Anya Tate Manning, one of the performers about the context I was missing.
Dell Mitchell & Rob Harris
It’s the last week of the Comedy Festival, and once again the lineup is fantastic. There is a great mix of national and international comics and even a family friendly show on Saturday - Stand Up For Kids.
Once again Rob Harris has very kindly given us some more tips to help us choose. Check out his credentials here and his picks below:
Patch and Savanna both grew up in the Hutt; Savanna has recently escaped whilst Patch is still stranded there. They are both excellent comedians who occasionally make reference to their (slightly) bogan upbringing and nature. They also both have shows in the New Zealand International Comedy Festival which are must sees.
I caught up with them to chat about their shows, bogan life and a few other things:
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