On Saturday 16 May, the 11th annual Sydney Comedy Festival drew to a close with the Festival Wrap Party and the announcement of its 2015 award winners.
(Sam Campbell and Corey White, winners of the 2015 Best Newcomer Award. Photo: Anneliese Nappa)
In what Festival Director Jorge Menidis described as “an agonising process to select winners out of what has been a program of exceptional content” he and the Festivals’ panel of judges saw fit to award an all Australian lineup of winners that included; Jim Jefferies, Lawrence Mooney, Luke Heggie, Corey White & Sam Campbell.
The Best of the Fest (International) Award is given each year to any artist or ensemble that reside outside of Australia and this year the award went to Jim Jefferies. The at times controversial Jefferies thanked the festival for awarding him and requested that his prize of $1500 be donated to the Black Dog Institute – a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression.
(Luke Heggie, winner of the 2015 Director’s Choice Award. Photo: Anneliese Nappa)
In what proved to be a popular selection amongst the partying crowd at the event, the much loved comedian and TV host Lawrence Mooney took out the Best of the Fest (Local) Award for his acclaimed 2015 show “Surely Not”.
The Best Newcomer Award proved to be the most problematic of all the awards with the Judges unable to split Corey White and Sam Campbell – so they gave them both a prize.
Finally, Menidis announced the one award that only he selects – The Directors Choice Award which this year went to Sydney local Luke Heggie – and judging by the reaction of the crowd, it was a very popular selection.