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Melbourne Airport award winners take off at Comedy Festival

Apr 04, 2008

As the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival reaches its climax, Victorians and international visitors are now weighing up their options of which of hundreds of shows to check out at this year’s Festival.

Melbourne Airport Communications Manager Tom Perry said it was no surprise that the team of recent Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent Program award winners were proving to be some of the Festival’s biggest hits with critics and ‘next-big-thing’ spotters.

“Kate, Josh and Sammy J’s shows come with outstanding endorsements; they have wowed the talent spotters to take out the Melbourne Airport awards – and now their careers are taking off. Now is your chance to see these exceptional comedy talents before they’re filling the Melbourne Town Hall,” he said.

“We’re proud to have given these exceptionally talented performers the opportunity to take part in some of the world’s biggest arts events: Edinburgh Fringe, the Brighton Comedy Festival and the Montreal Comedy Festival,” he said.

Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent Program winners at the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival:

Melbourne Airport award winners take off at Comedy Festival
Kate McLennan: ‘The Enthusiasts’
Winner: Melbourne Airport “I’m off to Edinburgh” Award for Outstanding Melbourne Newcomer, Melbourne Fringe 2006

Kate’s Melbourne Airport win took her and her award-winning show ‘The Debutante Diaries’ to the Edinburgh Fringe in 2007. And now her new show, ‘The Enthusiasts’ is winning fans across Melbourne.

Kate’s character-based comedy has been compared to Summer Heights High star Chris Lilley, and Triple R Smart Arts host Richard Watts describes ‘The Enthusiasts’ as “tightly written, well-performed and presented with a masterful eye for convincing and subtle detail”.

To find out more about Kate’s show, or to book tickets, visit the show’s page at the Comedy Festivalwebsite. And be sure to read Kate’s Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent Program profile.
Melbourne Airport award winners take off at Comedy Festival
Sammy J: ‘The Forest of Dreams’
Winner: Melbourne Airport Best Newcomer Award, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2006.

Winning the Melbourne Airport Best Newcomer in 2006 took Sammy to the UK later that year, where he experienced the Brighton Comedy Festival. His career is already taking off: he made his debut on the ABC’s Spicks n Specks in 2007.

Sammy’s new show, ‘The Forest of Dreams’ has been a major hit at this year’s Comedy Festival, with The Age lavishing the show with praise: “This slick and hilarious show isn't for kiddies. Adults, however, should find it irresistible.” (More…). The show has also been nominated for the prestigious Barry Award - the prize for the Festival's most outstanding show.

To find out more about Sammy J’s show, or to book tickets, visit the show’s page at the Comedy Festivalsite. And be sure to check out Sammy J’sMelbourne Airport Emerging Talent Program profile.
Melbourne Airport award winners take off at Comedy Festival
Josh Thomas: ‘The Adventures of Josh Thomas and the World’s Greatest Love Machine’
Winner: Melbourne Airport Best Newcomer Award, Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2007.

Josh is one of the youngest performers at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – and also one of the funniest. His new show, ‘The Adventures of Josh Thomas and the World’s Greatest Love Machine’ is a hilarious insight into the mind of the young man labelled “the future of Australian comedy” (Time Out).

To find out more about Josh’s show, or to book tickets, visit the show’s page at the Comedy Festivalsite. And be sure to check out Josh’s Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent Program profile.

The Melbourne Airport Emerging Talent Program includes a series of awards for new artistic talent at some of Melbourne’s key arts events, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and Melbourne Fringe – where winners are provided with travel grants to take them to some of the world’s most prestigious arts events.

The winner of the Melbourne Airport Best Newcomer Award 2008 will be announced as part of the Comedy Festival ‘Barry Awards’, Hifi Bar & Ballroom on Saturday, 12 April.

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