Raw Comedy Award

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Raw Comedy is an Australian competition for emerging stand-up comedians, established in 1996 and held annually since.

Heats take place in major Australian cities through January, February and March. State semi-finals and finals are held in the state capitals in March. The final is held as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April[1] and televised on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The winner of Raw Comedy is sent to the So You Think You're Funny competition at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.[2] Three Raw Comedy winners, Drew Rokos, Nick Sun and Demi Lardner, went on to win So You Think You're Funny.

Raw Comedy is produced by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and supported by youth radio station Triple J. It grows more popular every year with the number of contestants in 2011 being a record 1100.[3]

Past winners[edit]

Past Finalists[edit]


  • Emily O'Loughlin (SA) (Winner)
  • Alan Rutledge (QLD)
  • Eleven Thh (TAS)
  • Geraldine Hickey (VIC)
  • Luke Whitby (SA)
  • Martin Steel (QLD)
  • Michael Chamberlin (VIC)
  • Penny Tangey (VIC)
  • Robert Nix (NSW)
  • Ronan McChesney (NSW)
  • Ross Janetzki (QLD)
  • Terry North (VIC)
  • Vanessa Hill (NSW)
  • Xavier Michaledes (WA)
  • Yianni Agisilaou (VIC)


  • Dave Elvins (VIC)(Winner)



  • Nick Sun (NSW)(Winner)


  • Josh Thomas (VIC)(Winner)


  • Hannah Gadsby (TAS) (Winner)
  • Michael Williams (VIC) (Runner-up)
  • Celia Pacquola (VIC) (Raw Recruit Prize)
  • Dylan Bennett and Kadek Hobman (NT)(Runner-up)
  • Bart Freebairn (QLD)
  • Bec Hill (SA)
  • Tom Ballard (VIC)
  • Jeff Hewitt (WA)
  • Danii Johnstone (NSW)
  • Paul Ayre (NSW)
  • Sasha Terranova (VIC)
  • Matt Burton (TAS)
  • Ben Jenkins (NSW)
  • Selina Jenkins as "Beau Heartbreaker" (VIC)


  • Jonathon Schuster (VIC) (Winner)
  • Aamer Rahman (VIC) (Runner Up)
  • Jack Druce (NSW) (Raw Recruit Prize)
  • Xavier Susai (WA)
  • Shaun Conroy (QLD)
  • Ellen Briggs (QLD)
  • Maverick (NT)
  • Aleisha McCormack (TAS)
  • Anyone for Tennis (VIC)
  • The D (SA)
  • Tracy Crisp (SA)
  • Saikim Wan (NT)



  • Michael Workman (WA) (Winner)
  • Charles Barrington (Anthony Rogers) (VIC) (Co-Runner Up)
  • Don Tran (VIC) (Raw Recruit Prize)
  • Mikey Mileos [5] (NSW)
  • Rhys Nicholson (NSW)
  • Tracey Cosgrove (TAS)
  • Shikhar Thakur (WA)
  • Adam Keily (SA)
  • Nicole Roddy (NT)
  • Pam Rana (QLD)
  • Ben and James Stevenson are The Stevenson Experience (ACT)
  • Ash Walmsley (QLD) (Co-Runner Up)
  • Shannon Woodford as "Adele" (VIC)


  • Luke Heggie (NSW) (Winner)
  • Ronny Chieng [6] (VIC) (Special Mention)
  • Geoffrey Windle (QLD) (Special Mention)
  • Catherine Hall (VIC)
  • Callan Durlik (WA)
  • Levi Dobson (NT)
  • Moataz Hamde as "Mo-Taz" (SA)
  • James Mullany (WA)
  • David Bakker (TAS)
  • Sam Radford (VIC)
  • Anne Edmonds (VIC)
  • James McCann (SA)
  • Peter Escott (TAS)


  • Dayne Rathbone (VIC) (Winner)
  • Khaled Khalafalla (VIC) (Runner-up)
  • Tom Gaynor (SA) (Runner-up)
  • Xenethor (NT)
  • Adam Knox (VIC)
  • Adam Francis (VIC)
  • Tien Tran (WA)
  • Genevieve Fricker (NSW)
  • Laura Hughes (NSW)
  • Sam Campbell (QLD)
  • Ting Lim (QLD)
  • Claire Sullivan (TAS)


  • Lessons with Luis (VIC) (Winner)
  • Amos Gill (SA) (Runner-up)
  • Cameron James (NSW) (Runner-up)
  • Andrew Wolfe (NSW)
  • Hayman Kent (VIC)
  • Mitchell McCutcheon (QLD)
  • Georgie Carroll (SA)
  • Mike Nayna (VIC)
  • Stephen (Dylan Hesp) (TAS)
  • Kyle Walmsley (NT)
  • Jon Pinder (WA)


  • Demi Lardner (SA) (Winner)
  • Cameron Duggan (QLD) (Runner-up)
  • Andy Matthews (VIC) (Runner-up)
  • Chris Menezies (TAS)
  • Justin Crooks (NT)
  • Sean Conway (WA)
  • Colin Ebsworth (WA)
  • Jay Morrissey (VIC)
  • Megan McKay (VIC)
  • Aaron Chen (NSW)
  • Becky Lucas (QLQ)
  • Tim Noon (ACT)


  • Matt Stewart (VIC) (Winner)
  • Katie Burch (NSW) (Runner-up)
  • Cyrus Bezyan (NSW)
  • Jennifer Burke (QLD)
  • Michael Kelly (NT)
  • Megan McCrea (VIC)
  • Kerri Gay (TAS)
  • Matt Storer (WA)
  • Marc Ryan (SA)
  • Simon Etheridge (WA)
  • Justin Hayward (VIC)
  • Rohan Desai (RAW India winner and special guest)

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