Denise Scott: Mother Bare
Veteran comedian Denise Scott has won the Barry Award for most outstanding show of the comedy festival. Scott, who has been part of Australia's comedy scene for more than 30 years, was visibly moved by the honour.
Announced at the Hi-Fi Bar on Saturday night ahead of the 2014 festival's closing on Sunday, the Barry Award is named for another Australian comedy veteran, Barry Humphries.
With her 2014 show, Scott has created her quintessential show with Mother Bare. Playing to a packed Fairfax Theatre, it was Scott at her best - a witty, self-deprecating exploration of family and motherhood. Familiar themes for the veteran performer, but this shows simply confirms her place as one of the best stand-ups Australia has ever produced. Full review here.
Denise Scott wins the Barry Award. Photo: Jim Lee
"I am really overcome," Scott said when accepting the award, "I'm so humbled to have won this."
Scott paid tribute to her late friend and colleague, Lynda Gibson, who passed away in 2004 and for whom the Golden Gibbo award is named. "She was my great comedy friend and I miss her dearly," said Scott. "You get to 59 and you don't expect this - it's really great ... this is my career highlight."
Among the other awards announced on the night were Stella Young for best newcomer, whose show taking on perceptions of disability was a hit with audiences and critics alike. (Richard Watts' review here)
The Golden Gibbo award for best independent production went to Fancy Boy, a late-night show that was a hit among comedians and comedy tragics.
Ronny Chieng, who has gone from a newcomer to one of the best-selling acts of the festival in just a couple of years, received the Director's Choice award from festival directory Susan Provan.
The Piece of Wood award, given to a comedian by one of their peers, was taken out by Sarah Kendall, who created an excellent show about her high school days in Touchdown. (Review).
The People's Choice award went to Wil Anderson, who announced he would donate the cash prize to the Moosehead Awards to help developing comics.
The 28th comedy festival draws to a close on Sunday night with the Moosehead Awards, after 26 days, close to 500 different shows performed and hundreds of thousands of attendees.
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