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Posted 10 Jan 2014 @ 7:36pm

Eight years ago, Celia Pacquola was nervously waiting for her turn backstage at The Evelyn in Fitzroy. She was about to perform stand-up comedy, in front of a full room, for the first time ever. She had only two weeks to prepare for Australia’s largest, preeminent open mic comp – RAW Comedy – a rite of passage for Australian comedians run by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival which...

Posted 24 Nov 2013 @ 9:11am

Registration for the 2014 RAW Comedy competition will open this month.


Presented by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, RAW Comedy is Australia's largest comedy competition and has launched the careers of some on Australia's greatest comedians, including Josh Thomas (Please Like Me), Chris Lilley (Summer Heights High, Angry Boys, Ja'mie: Private School Girl), Claire...

Posted 4 Jan 2013 @ 12:34pm

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is on the hunt again for new funny faces to join Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition in 2013.


MICF has been inviting emerging comics to comedy stages around the country as part of RAW Comedy annually since 1996, with entrants having to have earned less than $500 from comedy and have a short set of...

Posted 11 Dec 2012 @ 11:17am

Woody Allen once explained that the only philosophy that hasn’t failed him throughout his life is that “Eighty percent of success is showing up”. With heats in all capital cities and regions such as Geelong, Newcastle, Byron Bay, Wollongong and Cairns, and a prize that includes a trip to perform in Edinburgh, RAW Comedy is simply begging to discover the next Chris Lilley, Tom Ballard, Tim...

Posted 7 Feb 2012 @ 1:36pm


Chris Dewberry has tough times ahead. He’s jumping between two jobs. One involves cracking jokes as a stand-up comedian, while the other is being editor of Comedy Beast, a monthly mag that reviews comedy shows and showcases comedy news. As a RAW Comedy contestant for the second year in a row, Dewberry will be competing against other up-and-coming comedians in this well-known open-mic...

Posted 22 Nov 2011 @ 10:12am

Fancy yourself a bit of a comedian? This one's for you! You can find yourself on the same stage that produced comedic greats such as Chris Lilley, Peter Helliar, Claire Hooper and Tim Minchin. 


Before becoming some of Australia's most recognisable names in comedy, they all spent their time fine-tweaking their routines, taking on RAW Comedy, Australia's biggest and most...

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