National Open Mic Comedy Competition RAW Comedy is coming to Geelong in February

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National Open Mic Comedy Competition RAW Comedy is coming to Geelong in February

Credit: 2022 Jim Lee

Step up to the plate and join the play-off for the best new comedians at RAW Comedy, Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition.

Australia’s biggest open mic comedy competition RAW Comedy returns to Geelong this year for another attempt at finding the nation’s next belly-busting performer.

Every year for the past 27 years, hundreds of funny folk from across Australia sign up for their time in the spotlight as part of RAW Comedy, and this year it’s back and covering all corners of the country to lure out of hibernation the next generation of comedy superstars.

RAW Comedy National Open Mic Comedy Competition

  • RAW Comedy returns and is looking for registrations
  • Geelong Heat takes place February 11th 2023 8pm at Geelong West Town Hall
  • All you need is five minutes of original material and your eyes on the prize… get through the heats and finals and you could become the next Comedy Champion! 

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Presented by Melbourne International Comedy Festival and LGF Comedy, this annual hunt for Australia’s undiscovered wit holds heats throughout the state, inviting the nation’s best and boldest comedy athletes to jump head first and compete for a prized podium position.

Geelong’s funniest people will be mounting the stage and taking the plunge in the qualifying heat of the Melbourne International Comedy Festivals competition on Saturday 11 February 2022 at 8pm at Geelong West Town Hall.

Each contestant will present five minutes of new, original comedy material including stand-up, sketch, double and triple acts, as well as musical comedy.

“I remember competing in RAW, I was so nervous but then you get your first laugh and it’s the most incredible feeling ever!”, says Tim Young, Founder of LGF Comedy. 

All heats are open to the public so if you prefer to witness the spectacle, you’re welcome to be a part of the hunt for the next big homegrown comedic superstar – and spend your evening in fits of laughter with amazing food by Café PALAT, ice cold drinks and amazing live music from 6pm. All tickets are only $20 each. 

With past competitors including Hannah Gadsby, Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola, Matt Okine, Anne Edmonds, Becky Lucas and Aaron Chen (just to name a few), RAW Comedy is the place for new comedy talent to reach new heights, one joke at a time. 

Heats will also take place in Bendigo (February 5) and multiple dates in Melbourne.

Make it through the state events to perform at the RAW Comedy National Grand Final at the 2023 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Ready to try your luck? Register now for RAW Comedy 2023 and play to win! 

For more info and to sign up, head here. For tickets to the event, head here