The nation’s boldest new comedians have spent the past few months battling it out in the RAW Comedy open mic competition, fighting for the chance to be crowned Australia’s freshest and funniest. After smashing their way through heats, preliminary, semi and state finals, we are absolutely stoked to announce the full list of competitors for the RAW Comedy National Grand Final 2017.
Your finalists are:
Andrew Bensley (ACT), Bonnie Tangey (NSW), Jason Williams (NT), Oliver Twist (QLD), Brad Hollis (SA), Isabella Roldan (TAS), Zack Dyer (VIC), Shaquille Blackley (WA), Sharon Andrews (VIC), Carla Wills (SA), Billy D'Arcy (NSW), Josh Webb (VIC).
This huge comedy event will be hosted by the ever-fabulous Susie Youssef, seasoned sketch and stand-up star and one of the hilarious cast members of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia. Susie is a Festival favourite and we’re delighted to have her fronting this jam-packed evening of laughs!
The competitors will flock to Melbourne to perform at Melbourne Town Hall on Sunday, 16 April at 5pm for that final plunge - (for most) the biggest gig of their life!
The winner of this colossal comedy cup will take away a trip to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, setting them on the journey into international waters. With previous competitors including Chris Lilley, Josh Thomas, Hannah Gadsby, Peter Helliar, Claire Hooper, Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor all making waves, RAW Comedy really is the springboard to success.
Chookas to all competitors! If you’re keen to see who makes a splash grab your tickets to the National Grand Final now!