Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


Ben Hurley scoops coveted Oddfellows Billy T Award

18th May 2004

Ben Hurley scoops the coveted Oddfellows Billy T Award

Last night in the Bruce Mason Centre, in Auckland’s North Shore, Ben Hurley was awarded the illustrious Oddfellows Billy T Award for most promising up and coming New Zealand comedian and the $7,000.00 prize that goes with it. In a jam-packed show hosted by former Billy T winner, Radar, there were performances from this years nominees Cohen Holloway, Ezequiel Balmori, Jamie Bowen, Penny Ashton and of course Ben Hurley. Originally from Taranaki,

Ben has been on the comedy scene in NZ for four years and showed gratitude in his acceptance speech to the people who have helped him get this far. He also apologised to his parents for wasting their money on his university education. The Billy T’s are an initiative of the New Zealand Comedy Trust; with the aim of ensuring continued growth of live comedy in New Zealand.

Judged by five industry professionals, the award is given to the comedian showing outstanding potential. Previous Billy T Winners include Ewen Gilmour, Justine Smith, The Humourbeasts, Dai Henwood and Brendhan Lovegrove. Ben Hurley will be performing his show "Political and Stuff" at Wellington's BATS Theatre from Tuesday 18 - Saturday 22 May, 6:30pm.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

Gordon Campbell: Best New Music Of 2017

Any ‘best of list’ has to be an exercise in wishful thinking, given the splintering of everyone’s listening habits... But maybe… it could be time for the re-discovery of the lost art of listening to an entire album, all the way through. Just putting that idea out there. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Ten x Ten - One Hundred of Te Papa's Best-Loved Art Works

An idiosyncratic selection by ten art curators, each of whom have chosen ten of their favourite works. Handsomely illustrated, their choices are accompanied by full-page colour prints and brief descriptions of the work, explaining in straightforward and approachable language why it is of historical, cultural, or personal significance. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Portacom City - Reporting On Canterbury Earthquakes

In Portacom City Paul Gorman describes his own deeply personal story of working as a journalist during the quakes, while also speaking more broadly about the challenges that confront reporters at times of crisis. More>>

Scoop Review of Books: Christopher Pugsley’s The Camera in the Crowd - Filming in New Zealand Peace and War 1895-1920

Pugsley brings to life 25 exhilarating years of film making and picture screening in a sumptuously illustrated hardback published by Oratia that tells the story through surviving footage unearthed from the national film archives. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland