About RAW Comedy

What is RAW Comedy?

  • RAW Comedy is Australia's largest and most prestigious comedy competition.
  • RAW Comedy happens in every capital city in Australia and in some regional centres between January and March annually.
  • 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. 

Make sure you read the RAW Comedy rules before entering, and check our the judging policy and tips from judges before you hit the stage.

Registrations for RAW Comedy are closed for 2021. Check back later or follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with all news and competition announcements.


Melbourne International Comedy Festival openly encourages participation from people of all backgrounds and abilities, and is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and respectful environment for all. If you need any assistance with your registration or have any questions regarding the physical requirements to compete in the RAW Comedy competition, please contact raw@comedyfestival.com.au or (03) 9245 3700.

More questions? Contact us at raw@comedyfestival.com.au

More questions? Contact us at raw@comedyfestival.com.au