Jo Randerson awared the Topp Prize

Jo Randerson

Congratulations to Wellington-based arts icon Jo Randerson, who is the second recipient of the Topp Prize. Named after Dames Jools and Lynda Topp, the Topp Prize honours artists who make “… Aotearoa laugh with an out-of-the-box approach, whether that comedy takes place on the stage, on the screen or in a completely unexpected comedy space altogether.”

The award came totally out of the blue for Jo. She said, “This is a total honour to receive this prize, and I’m grateful to the huge community of inspiring artists I work with because arts is a team game. We have such a strong creative community in Aotearoa and I’m looking forward to connecting with our new government about how we can ensure artists thrive, alongside everyone else in this challenging time. We need gags and songs to get us through, and to out truths that are hard to speak. The Topp Twins are total field leaders in doing this. Also, they have GREAT outfits.”

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