Australia's biggest comedy competition

You may have climbed Everest, swam with sharks or even parachuted from a plane – but do you have the guts to perform comedy in front of a live audience?

You may have what it takes to be the next Josh Thomas, Hannah Gadsby, Ronny Chieng or Celia Pacquola – or you may not – but you’re never gonna know if you never give it a go.

RAW Comedy is Australia's biggest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition with registrations for 2016 due to open in November 2015! 

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, and recorded for broadcast.


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 compete in So You Think You're Funny?