Australians in Edinburgh Comedy 2016

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

The stand-up comedy scene in Australia has achieved more success since the announcement that four Australian comedians were shortlisted for what is considered to be the biggest and most difficult test in the stand-up industry: the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, with the current comedy scene being dubbed as “a new golden age for Australian comedy”. Three of the comedians took up the nomination of Best Comedy Act which nominates a total of eight, though none of them won.

While the overwhelming amount of popular comedians of many nationalities lowered the odds of any of the Australian nominees from winning the gong award on Saturday, the 27th of August; the nominations for the Australian comedians show a unique complexity and refinement.

Also notable is the claim of diversity as none of the Australian comedy award nominees are heterosexual, Caucasian males, if the purple puppet Randy Feltface is included. Randy’s show “Randy Writes a Novel” has in particular received popularity and praise, with the The Scotsman giving the show four stars and calling it “brilliant and barmy”. The other nominees are a female and two homosexuals.

Tom Ballard, Zoe Coombs Marr and Randy were all nominated for Best Comedy Act, while Nath Valvo was nominated for Best Newcomer, as was Randy. Former Triple J breakfast host Ballard was nominated for Best Newcomer at the same festival last year and has received an equal score from The Scotsman.


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