A slew of established and emerging talent have been nominated for Melbourne International Comedy Festival's prestigious Barry Award this year. 

Launched in 1998 as the Stella Award before being renamed in 2000 to pay tribute to icon Australian comic Barry Humphries, the Barry Award recognises the most outstanding comedy festival show.

Amongst the 2018 nominees are Aussie favourites Lano & Woodley and Celia Pacquola, as well as US comedian Natalie Palamides and Anne Edmonds' alter-ego, Helen Bidou, who we both gave five-star reviews to last week.

Check out all of the nominees below.

Lano & Woodley — Fly

Celia Pacquola — All Talk

Natalie Palamides — Laid

Helen Bidou — Enter The Spinnaker Lounge

Alex Edelman — Just For Us

Tim Key — Megadate

Sam Campbell — The Trough

Rose Matafeo — Horndog

Past winners of the Barry Award include Hannah Gadsby, Zoe Coombs Marr, Sam Simmons, Denise Scott and Ross Noble.

Click here for more details.