The Fred Award nominees 2021. Picture / Provided
The nominees for the 2021 Fred Award at this 12 months’s Worldwide Comedy Pageant have been introduced.
The award, named for John Clarke’s iconic character Fred Dagg, honours the very best present on the pageant, and is described as one of many highest commendations within the New Zealand comedy trade.
This 12 months’s nominees are David Correos, Eli Matthewson, and comedic pop duo Two Hearts, made up of Laura Daniel and Joseph Moore.
Correos has beforehand received the Billy T Award in 2016. His 2021 present is David Correos is David Postoffice, and is described as a “joyful, random, pleasant” and “like a Jackson Pollock of comedy”.
Matthewson is a two-time Billy T Award nominee and was beforehand nominated for the Fred Award in 2017. His 2021 present is Daddy Quick-legs and focuses on Matthewson coming to phrases with a giant revelation from his father.
Two Hearts was nominated for the Billy T Award in 2018, after each Moore and Daniel had been nominated individually earlier than becoming a member of forces as a duo. They returned to the pageant this 12 months with We’re Pregnant and the Child is Music that featured quite a lot of new songs alongside some previous favourites.
Winners of the Fred Award obtain a $2000 grant from the New Zealand Comedy Belief that runs the pageant, in addition to quite a lot of prizes from the pageant’s sponsors.
Earlier winners of the award embrace Rose Matafeo, Chris Parker, Ben Hurley, James Nokise, Rhys Darby, and Dai Henwood, who’s the one comic to have received the award twice.
The winner might be introduced tomorrow night time on the Final Laughs present on the SkyCity Theatre in Auckland, MCed by native favorite Michelle A’Court docket.
The Fred might be offered alongside the Billy T Award, recognising the rising expertise within the native comedy scene. The nominees this 12 months are Brynley Stent, James Mustapic, Josh Davies and Lana Walters.