Australia’s biggest open mic comedy competition

After an amazing 2018, with over 1,000 contestants from around Australia, we give a big congratulations to Bec Melrose (NSW) for taking out this year's competition!

Are you prepared to walk comedy’s ultimate highwire? Put your best foot forward and enter RAW Comedy – Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic competition!

Registrations for the 2019 competition will open soon. If you don't want to miss out - make sure you like the RAW Comedy Facebook page!

What is RAW Comedy?

  • RAW Comedy happens in every capital city in Australia and in some regional centres.
  • You enter your details and your preferred heat when registering online.
  • You perform a 5 minute spot of new, original comedy material at the heat.
  • Heats are compered by a professional comedian and are open to the public to attend.
  • The best acts from the heats progress to appropriate finals.
  • The best acts from the State Finals generally go onto the National Final.
  • The National Grand Final is held in the Melbourne Town Hall as a feature event of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 


The ultimate RAW Comedy National Champion jets off to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the world's largest and most awesome annual comedy fun time to perform in So You Think You're Funny?.
The 2017 National Champion was Zack Dyer from Victoria.