Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award

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The Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award, (formerly known as the Barry Award and the Stella 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. It was renamed in 2000 in honour of Barry Humphries, and again renamed in 2019 following comments about transgender people by Humphries.[1] It is generally regarded as the most prestigious award of the festival, and the winner receives a trophy and cash prize.[2]



  1. ^ Harmon, Steph (16 April 2019). "Barry Humphries: Melbourne comedy festival renames award after transgender comments". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 16 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Award". Melbourne International Comedy Festival - Corporate Site. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  3. ^ "8th annual Barry Awards announced". State of the Arts. 18 January 2005. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 26 January 2009.
  4. ^ "Barry Award goes to strong, silent type". SMH. Retrieved 21 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Rich Hall wins Barry Award at Melbourne International Comedy Festival". Herald Sun. Retrieved 20 April 2013.
  6. ^ "The 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Award Winners". Squirel Comedy. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Melbourne Comedy Festival 2015: Sam Simmons wins Barry Award for his Spaghetti for Breakfast show". Herald Sun. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Zoe Coombs Marr wins Barry Award for most outstanding show at Melbourne International Comedy Festival". Herald Sun. Retrieved 17 April 2016.
  9. ^ Francis, Hannah (23 April 2017). "Hannah Gadsby wins Barry Award at 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2018 Awards". Weekend Notes. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Britain's James Acaster wins renamed top award at 2019 Melbourne comedy festival". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  12. ^ Carmody, Broede (17 July 2021). "Geraldine Hickey nabs Melbourne International Comedy Festival's top gong". The Age. Retrieved 18 October 2021.

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