Angella Dravid has won the prestigious Billy T Award for 2017.

Dravid was presented the award at Last Laughs, the final show of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival in which the award is presented alongside a number of others.

The Billy T Award, inspired by Kiwi comedy legend Billy T James, honours an outstanding new comedian and presents them with a $4000 cash grant and a spot on 7 Days among other prizes.

Dravid, who made her solo debut in this year's festival with her show Down the Rabbit Hole, won against fellow nominees Paul Williams, Li'I Alaimoana, Patch Lambert and Ray O'Leary.


This year's Fred Award, which recognises the best New Zealand show in the festival, was awarded to Rose Matafeo for her show Sassy Best Friend. The award is named after the late John Clarke's iconic character Fred Dagg.

Other winners on the night were Joel Creasey who won Best International Show, Melanie Bracewell who won Best Newcomer (Auckland) and White Man Behind a Desk for Best Newcomer (Wellington).

Eighteen-year-old Ruby Esther was the winner of the national RAW Comedy Quest, winning against 11 other finalists from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.