Local comedian wins Billy T Award
David Correos has found something he didn’t fail at.
On May 15 the 23-year-old from Auckland won the Billy T Award, New Zealand’s most prestigious comedy prize.
Established in 1997 it recognises and encourages up-andcoming comedy talent and has been won in the past by respected names such as Dai Henwood and Guy Williams.
For Correos the award comes in the wake of his 2016 New Zealand International Comedy Festival solo show Second Place Winner.
The Mt Albert resident he says he’s never done anything that drives him the way comedy does.
‘‘I’ve failed at a lot of things before I found comedy and now that I’ve found comedy everything makes sense, I just love it,’’ he says
‘‘All the shows were so much fun.
‘‘I knew that was the best I could pull out, I couldn’t do any better. I think my career has peaked already.’’
Originally from Christchurch, Correos describes his humour as being ‘‘very high energy and weird’’ with comedian Ben Hurley having complimented him on his distinctive style.
‘‘He actually came up to me and said after a gig when I was performing, ‘I never want to see you do observational comedy, if I do I am going to punch you in the mouth’.
‘‘The sentiment was there, he said keep doing what Im doing and don’t change.’’
For Correos, getting nervous before performing is not completely a thing of the past.
‘‘The moment I don’t expect something to happen the anxiety is right back there.’’
‘‘That’s the hard part about comedy, you can be funny and you can have a good gig but every gig is different, you’ve got a different audience, different people, different venue, something might be off.’’
Correos will take home a $4000 cash grant from the New Zealand Comedy Trust as well as the ‘‘Yellow Towel’’ made famous by Billy T James.
He’ll also make an appearance on TV3’s 7 Days.
Other nominees for the award this year were Alice Brine, James Malcolm, Laura Daniel and Matt Stellingwerf.
The prize pays homage to the late Billy T James, an influential and pioneering figure in New Zealand comedy.
Being weird is starting to prove valuable for comedian David Correos.