Lo­cal co­me­dian wins Billy T Award

Central Leader - - YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER - HUGH COLLINS

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.

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Be­ing weird is start­ing to prove valu­able for co­me­dian David Correos.

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