Australia’s biggest open mic comedy competition

Think you’ve got what it takes to make a splash in the comedy scene? Dive into RAW Comedy!

Previous competitors include Josh Thomas, Hannah Gadsby, Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor, proving that RAW Comedy can really be a springboard to success. It’s time to take the plunge! Whether it’s a perfect 10 or bellyflop, RAW Comedy is a rush like no other.

Registrations for RAW Comedy 2018 will open in November 2017.

Heats are held across the country from January-March 2018, with national finalists performing at the RAW Comedy National Grand Final at the 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 

Watch the 2017 RAW Comedy National Grand Final on SBS Viceland & SBS On Demand

Tune in to SBS Viceland at 8.30pm on Sunday 20 August to see all the action from the National Grand Final. Also available from Sunday on SBS On Demand

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 2016 National Champion was Danielle Walker from Queensland.