Australia's biggest comedy competition

It’s survival of the funniest in RAW Comedy, where the nation’s comedy thrill seekers head into the wild and onto the stage. There’s nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of performing in front of a live audience, so take the leap and swing into action by registering for RAW Comedy 2016. 

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

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 2015 National Champion was Angus Gordon from Queensland.