RAW is Here to find our Comedy Stars!
Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic competition is about to get the show on the road.
Presented nationally by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival the annual RAW Comedy competition sees the nation’s bravest and boldest new performers take to the stage to test their skill and stamina with five minutes of new, original comedy material. It’s comedy with no fear and no safety net, just exhilaration and adulation ahead!
State-wide heats will kick off in January before the best of the best battle it out at the National Grand Final during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April 2018. The winner will be laughing all the way to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe where they’ll have a chance to compete in So You Think You’re Funny? in August 2018.
So who will make it through this year? Previous national finalist Ellen Briggs is one of the judges, and for her the whole thing took her by surprise. ‘I never expected to get to the national finals’ laughs Briggs, ‘I just entered for fun. That's the best thing about the competition - comedy newbies who have no idea if they are any good or not can get picked out and fast tracked into a career that would otherwise take years of hard slog.’ Ellen’s star quickly rose after her near win, and for Hannah Gadsby, a one time Mandy Nolan comedy student, when she became the national RAW champion the doors to her career just opened, and she’s since been awarded ‘Best Show’ at Edinburgh Fringe.
With a healthy local comedy industry in the Byron Shire the overwhelming number of entries meant it was necessary to put on two heats. This is a wild night of spills and thrills, with comics putting out their best to win the opportunity to perform in the Brisbane final. With Mandy Nolan as MC, the first Heat is Monday 19 February at the Mullumbimby Ex Services at 8pm and Tix are $15 at the door.