For the first time this year, our writers voted for their fave live comedy show of the year. The results are in and it looks like we love tourists.

For a long time in Australia, US comic Hannibal Buress was known as "that guy from Broad City" with a list of other support roles attached but, as soon as he takes the stage, an entirely new persona is on show; one that will see him take over the world and Aussie venues at least twice the size during his next visit. He's claimed the top place in The Music's 2016 Writers' Poll for his diverse skill set and unique brand of humour that delves into controversy while still keeping things light-hearted and relatable.

Aussie favourites Sam Simmons and Wil Anderson came in second and third respectively and perhaps it's to do with their presence on TV and constant international touring that sees their material ever-evolving and always engaging.

New York's queen of ribald comedy, alt.cabaret and physical theatre, there's never a dull moment when it comes to Bridget Everett's (Girls/Lady Dynamite/Inside Amy Schumer) live show  she's loud, silly and left an impression on punters after her uninhibited, unapologetic and in-your-face east coast stint earlier this year.

There's no one quite like Parks & Rec grump Nick Offerman. While some actors or comedians might not like the idea of being typecast or pigeonholed after a role, it almost seems like the character of Ron Swanson was based on Offerman's life, as he sung of beards and woodwork while playing a homemade ukulele during his Aussie visit.

Racists, bigots, misogynists and abusers of power were in the firing line when US comedian/actor Margaret Cho's The PsyCHO Tour rolled through town. She's also one of few to nail the Aussie accent (unlike our number one, who butchered it to hell). Cho's another comic who's mastered balance and tone, ensuring the heavier content is offset by easy-going obsessional humour.

And last  but certainly not least — now-former triple j breakfast star Matt Okine, who might find his way higher up this list in 2017 as his comedy career takes priority. Okine's stand-up has evolved tenfold on previous years as he opens up the darkest points of his personal life for analysis. It's a brave move that not a lot of others take on or master, but Okine's new direction is exciting and promises big things. 

1.hannibal buress

"One of the best comedy sets to roll through town all year."
- Daniel Cribb

2. sam simmons

"It was erratic, random, perplexing, uneasy — and a performance of utter magnificence."
- Will Oakeshott

3. wil anderson

"There's a strong theme of 'we've got to work together on this shit' permeating the show, this passionate motif on inclusivity adding real gravitas."
-Steve Bell

4. bridget everett

"The faint of heart need not apply to this riotous and downright hilarious one-woman party."
- Joe Dolan

5. nick offerman

"Offerman is an amazingly charismatic performer and storyteller, and the show is laid-back and seemingly a bit off-the-cuff."
- Finn Kirkman

6. margaret cho

"Cho's mission is to empower herself and others through comic exposure."

7. matt okine

"It's a style of comedy that blurs the line between poetry and therapy, in which the performer crucifies themselves in an effort to relate to the sins of the many."
- Roshan Clerke

8. julian clary

"Elegant, urbane and with a wonderfully wry sense of the ridiculous."
- Fiona Cameron

9. tom ballard

"Ballard covers everything from feminism to 'how to deal with ISIS' and even chucks in an all-too-real description of what (more than likely) Rupert Murdoch's dick looks like."
- Chris Komorek

10. steve hughes

"This was an evening which came with many uncomfortable silences. Hughes would milk these for all they were worth."
- Sean Drill