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Raw Comedy Returns To Find Geelong’s Funniest
28 February 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm| 25
Fledgling comedians will again sweat it out in GPAC’s Drama Theatre as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Raw Comedy competition heads out in search of the next biggest and brightest comedy star.
Local comics will strut their stuff in the Geelong qualifying heat on Saturday 28th February. Amid the tears (of laughter), the tragedy and triumphs, only one newcomer can emerge as champion, and pocket the ultimate prize of a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Raw Comedy is Australia’s biggest and most prestigious open mic comedy competition, and has been running as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival since 1996. Past winners and finalists include Chris Lilley, Josh Thomas, Hannah Gadsby, Wil Anderson, Peter Helliar, Claire Hooper and Tim Minchin.
In recent years, Geelong’s own Jonathan Schuster won the Raw Comedy national title and went on to perform at Edinburgh’s comedy competition, So You Think You’re Funny?, making it to the semi-final against the world’s best up-and-coming comedians. Schuster is now a regular on the comedy circuit and is returning to Geelong as one of the judges for this year’s competition. Hosting the Geelong heat will be Anne Edmonds, one of Australia’s most exciting new stand up, character and banjo playing comedians.
She burst on to the comedy scene in 2010 as a national finalist in Raw Comedy and went on to be nominated for Best Emerging Comedy Talent at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
Anne has since performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival to sell out audiences and critical acclaim. Anne has has made several television appearances including Wednesday Night Fever (ABC1), It’s a Date (ABC1) and Backseat Drivers (ABC2). Anne has also gone viral with her ABC produced video ‘Raylene the racist’ which attracted over 60,000 YouTube hits.