Barry Award (for comedy)
The Barry Award is an annual prize presented to the most outstanding comedy act at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It has been awarded since 1998, when it was introduced as the Stella Award, and was renamed in 2000 in honour of Barry Humphries, one of the festival's founding patrons. The Barry is generally regarded as the most prestigious award of the festival, and the winner receives a trophy and cash prize.
- 1998: Linda Haggar and Fahey Younger – Miss Itchy's Crème De Menthe Breakfast Show (Australia)
- 1999: Sue-Ann Post - G Strings and Jockstraps (Australia)
- 2000: The Boosh - Arctic Boosh (UK)
- 2001: Brian Munich - Brian Munich & Friends (Australia)
- 2002: Ross Noble (UK)
- 2003: Mike Wilmot (Canada)
- 2004: Maria Bamford (USA)
- 2005: The Drowsy Drivers - Keating! The Opera (Australia)
- 2006: Demetri Martin - Dr Earnest Parrot Presents Demetri Martin (USA)
- 2007: Daniel Kitson - It's the Fireworks Talking (UK)
- 2008: Nina Conti - Complete and Utter Conti (UK) and Kristen Schaal - As You Have Probably Never Seen Her Before (USA) (Shared)
- 2009: The Pajama Men - Versus vs Versus (USA)
- 2010: Sammy J and Randy (Heath McIvor) - Ricketts Lane (Australia)
- 2011: Russell Kane - Smokescreens and Castles (UK)
- 2012: Dr Brown (USA)
- 2013: Rich Hall (USA)
- 2014: Denise Scott - Mother Bare (Australia)
- 2015: Sam Simmons - "Spaghetti for Breakfast" (Australia)
- 2016: Zoe Coombs Marr aka Dave - "Trigger Warning" (Australia)
- 2017: Hannah Gadsby - Nanette (Australia)
- 2018: Sam Campbell - "The Trough" (Australia)
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- Francis, Hannah (23 April 2017). "Hannah Gadsby wins Barry Award at 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
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