Raw Comedy is an Australian annual competition for emerging stand-up comedians held by Melbourne International Comedy Festival. It was established in 1996 and is supported by national youth radio station, Triple J. In 2011, there were 1,100 contestants.
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 and televised on ABC.
The winner of Raw Comedy is sent to the So You Think You're Funny competition at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Three Raw Comedy winners, Drew Rokos, Nick Sun and Demi Lardner, have gone on to win So You Think You're Funny.
Past winners and finalists
|1996||Adam Spencer (NSW)|
|1997||Subby Valentine (NSW)||
|1998||Chris Franklin (NSW)|
|1999||Chris Wainhouse (Qld)||
|2000||Drew Rokos (Vic)|
|2001||Emily O'Loughlin (SA)|
|2002||Dave Elvins (NSW)|
|2003||Nelly Thomas (Vic)
Steve Sheehan (SA)
|2004||Nick Sun (NSW)|
|2005||Josh Thomas (Qld)|
|2006||Hannah Gadsby (Tas)||
|2007||Jonathan Schuster (Vic)||
|2008||Neil Sinclair (Vic)|
|2009||Michael Workman (WA)||
|2010||Luke Heggie (NSW)||
|2011||Dayne Rathbone (Vic)||
|2012||Lessons with Luis (Vic)|
|2013||Demi Lardner (SA)||
|2014||Matt Stewart (Vic)||
|2015||Angus Gordon (Qld)||
|2016||Danielle Walker (VIC)||
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- Raw Comedy on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival website