TVNZ's Rose Matafeo - popular host of TVNZs U Live - has been named among five finalists for the 2013 Billy T Awards today.
Last night, 15 of New Zealand's emerging comedians performed at Auckland's "The Classic" venue for a spot in the final cut, also based on "proven comedic ability, talent; dedication, current form and potential". They will be judged on their performances during the 2013 NZ International Comedy Festival, with final performances and judging taking place at Last Laughs, on Sunday, May 19.
Matafeo was a Billy T Nominee this year, graduating from the Class Comedians programme in 2007 and also enjoying success as the host of Fanfiction Comedy. Her solo festival shows in 2012 included Scouts Honour and Life Lessons Ive Learnt From The 60s Based On Things Ive Seen On Television.
Other finalists are:
Eli Matthewson - nominee for Best Newcomer at this years Comedy
Festival for his joint show Minority Report with James Roque and
Edith Poor. About to graduate the Bachelor of Performing &
Screen Arts in Acting at Unitec, Eli also travelled to the
Edinburgh Fringe this year to perform Square Eye Pair with Hamish
Parkinson, a show that had won them Best Comedy at the Auckland
Fringe in 2011.
Joseph Moore - writer, director, actor and now stand-up comedian. Joseph has been involved in the Comedy Festival for five years, with hits like Bombs Away! A Musical and Space Race, and this year, he went to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with Fanfiction Comedy. Next year's Comedy Festival will make his first solo project.
Pax - finalist in the Raw Comedy competition in 2011, Pax has come a long way very quickly. A first generation Kiwi of Middle Eastern heritage, Pax has his own perspective on how things roll. Friend Chris describes his style of comedy as calm and confident, but with a bit of Jihad on the end of it. Pax thought Is that racist? Yeah it is, but its cool and I took it as a compliment. Rest in peace Chris.
Tom Furniss - winner of the V48HOURS in 2011 for Grand Chevals Fad Film The Child Jumpers and a Billy T Nominee in 2012. Tom had a sell-out season of his first solo show The Free Ice Cream Show at the Comedy Festival this year and also performed in Melbourne with Fanfiction Comedy.
The award, presented by the New Zealand Comdey Trust, honours
the memory of reknowned NZ comedian Billy T James and support
up-and-coming comedians with potential to take their craft to the
In 2012, it was won by Guy Williams, probably most famous for performing a farewell song to Sonny Bill Williams (no relation).