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The Benny Award

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The Benny Award is the highest honor that can be bestowed to a New Zealand variety entertainer. It is presented annually by the Variety Artists Club (VAC) of New Zealand to a variety performer who has achieved a lifetime of excellence in their field of the performing arts.
Benny Award

Nominations for the Benny Award are accepted from VAC members and the recipient ultimately decided upon by past Benny recipients, making its presentation recognition as one of the highest degree by the New Zealand entertainment industry.


The Benny Award was named after its first recipient, New Zealand variety performer Edgar Benyon (1902-1978) in 1969. The Benny statuette was designed and sculptured by magician Jon Zealando which features Greek muses Melpomene and Thalia - the traditional symbols of comedy and tragedy.

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