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Just for laughs at open mic competition

RAW Comedy 2013 MC Sean Choolburra.jpgRAW Comedy 2013 MC Sean Choolburra

RAW Comedy 2013 MC Sean Choolburra.

THE Melbourne International Comedy Festival is on the hunt again for fresh funny faces in Australia’s largest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition.

The RAW Comedy Wollongong heat will be held at Illawarra Performing Arts Centre on Friday February 22.

RAW Comedy is the competition for those who have a few classic corkers up their sleeve ready to be unleashed. You may see on stage the joker that sits next to you at work, or a pal who brags that they’re the funniest at every backyard barbecue, imparting some jest at the Wollongong heat. The next Chris Lilley, Pete Helliar, Claire Hooper, Tim Minchin, Ronny Chieng, Josh Thomas or Tom Ballard might be sitting right under our nose!

Professional comedians and comedy aficionados will tour the country to judge each heat, deciding who will go through to the big deal RAW Comedy Grand Final. The Grand Final will pit the top twelve finalists from around Australia against one another up on the main stage of the Melbourne Town Hall at 5pm on Sunday 14 April 2013.

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival has been inviting fresh faces to the country’s comedy stages as part of RAW Comedy annually since 1996. Entrants must have earned less than $500 from comedy and have a short set of jokes ready to go for their local heat.

Venue: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre
32 Burelli St, Wollongong NSW 2500

Wollongong Heat: Illawarra Performing Arts Centre (IPAC), 
32 Burelli St, Wollongong, Fri Feb 22 8pm

NSW Finals: Comedy Store, Building 207/122 Land Road, Moore Park, Semi Final #1: Tues Mar 5 8pm, Semi Final #2: Tues Mar 12 8pm, State Final: Tues Mar 19 8pm, National Grand Final (Melbourne, VIC), Melbourne Town Hall (during the 2013 Melbourne International Comedy Festival) Sun April 14 5pm.

Prices:  All tickets: $22 (Transaction fees apply to phone and internet bookings)

Tickets:  Call the box office on (02) 4224 5999 or visit


About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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