The Benny Award is the highest honour that can be awarded to a New Zealand variety performer.
Each year the VAC presents the Benny Award to an entertainer who has achieved a lifetime of excellence in their field of the performing arts. Nominations are accepted from club members and the recipient ultimately decided by past recipients.
The Benny Award is named after legendary New Zealand variety performer Edgar Benyon (1902-1978) who toured the world with magic, ventriloquism, juggling, rag pictures, quick-change, contortions and impressions. The original trophy was sculpted by Grand Master of Magic Jon Zealando and first awarded in 1969.
Past recipients include many household names and figureheads of entertainment in this country. The Benny Award truly is the supreme award of excellence for the New Zealand variety entertainment industry.
Full List of VAC Benny Award Recipients :
2013 Benny Recipient Larry Morris interviewed on The Beat Goes On with Gerard Smith