Unlike the Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne is not driven by an awards frenzy. While many see a Perrier as the very reason to go to Edinburgh, the Australian equivalent, The Barry, is seen more as simply welcome additional kudos.
Named since 2000, in honour of its first patron, Barry Humphries, this will be the eight year the award has been handed out to the most outstanding festival show.
It’s awarded on April 16, and past Barry Award winners are:
2004: Maria Bamford
2003: Mike Wilmot
2002: Ross Noble (pictured)
2001: Brian Munich & Friends With Ray Matsen & Jason Marion
2000: The Boosh
1999: Sue-Ann Post
1998: Miss ItchyThere is also a best newcomer award , a critics’ award, The Piece of Wood award fpr the comics’ comics and a new The Golden Gibbo Award in memory of comic Lynda Gibson who died in 2004.