Kiwi comics win Iron Chicken

BEST KIWI ACT: Degge, left, and Zane Jarvie in action before an enthralled audience.
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BEST KIWI ACT: Degge, left, and Zane Jarvie in action before an enthralled audience.

Kiwi comic jugglers and acrobats plucked this year's Iron Chicken awards for their busking brilliance.

Zane and Degge, of New Zealand's Got Talent fame, won best New Zealand act, while The English Gents (Hamish McCann and Denis Lock) won best international act in the World Buskers Festival 2015.

Press arts reporter Charlie Gates headed the judging panel and presented The Press Critics Choice Award, known as the Iron Chicken, at the final Busker Comedy Club on Saturday night.

BEST INTERNATIONAL: The English Gents, Hamish McCann, left, and Denis Lock.
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BEST INTERNATIONAL: The English Gents, Hamish McCann, left, and Denis Lock.

The winning acts receive $2500 and an invitation to return for next year's show. Zane and Degge had "raw talent" and "amazing potential", Gates said. "They have a showbiz future. We're really excited to see what show they develop with the prizemoney and see what they bring back next year," he said. Zane Jarvie said the award was "exciting and surprising". "It means a lot to us," he said. "We will figure out a roster for sharing the chicken. A chicken roster. That's nearly a pun," Degge Jarvie said.

The duo will spend the next year developing a new theatre show and a big busker show with a third performer.

The English Gents, who performed in the street and burlesque shows, were a "world-class" double act, Gates said. Their acrobatic skills were "breathtaking". One of their best tricks involved one gent performing a one-handed handstand on the other's head.

The English Gents have been in talks to come to the festival since 2006. They will go on a five-month Australian tour with La Soiree circus show. "It's a great honour and a very pleasant surprise," Lock said of the award.

"It was great to come to this festival at all, but to win the Iron Chicken is the cherry on top," he said.

The festival finished last night.

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 - The Press

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