Melbourne International Comedy Festival's RAW Comedy National Grand Final 2022 will be airing on SBS Viceland this Saturday 18 June at 9.20pm.
So you watched the Gala, then the Great Debate, and survived a month of live Comedy Festival gig hangovers without losing your job. Now, more than likely, you’re going through significant MICF withdrawl and need a little booster shot?
Well now the RAW Comedy National Grand Final, which took place IRL on Sunday 10 April, is airing this Saturday 18 June on SBS Viceland for the rest of Australia to witness the next big comedy star.
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The RAW Comedy National Grand Final celebrates the freshest and funniest new talent from around the country. Hosted by Nikki Britton – and featuring a special guest performance from Michael Hing – 12 finalists from around Australia took place in the competition showcase at the Melbourne Town Hall, including Alexandra Hudson (NSW), Aves Robins (WA), Blake Pavey (VIC), Bron Lewis (QLD), Cathal Leslie (ACT), Delhi Buoy (SA), Dom McGovern (WA), Guneet Kaur (NSW), Heather Joan (VIC), Iona Colville (TAS), Joshua Coutinho (QLD) and Nathan Powell (NT).
Winners Alexandra Hudson and Bron Lewis will now laugh all the way to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where they’ll have a chance to compete in So You Think You’re Funny. Melbourne International Comedy Festival has presented RAW Comedy, the nation’s biggest open mic spotlight, for 27 years. This year, 1,078 aspiring comedians registered to complete in RAW Comedy hitting the stage with their best 5 min set across a total of 62 Heats and Finals.
The team of judges include Melbourne International Comedy Festival director Susan Provan, Steve Bennett, editor of Chortle, comedian Mark Watson, Freemantle development executive Karla Burt, and Kyran Wheatly, director of Comedy Republic.
Tune in and watch the last one standing join the ranks of the country’s favourite comedians including Hannah Gadsby, Ronny Chieng, Celia Pacquola, Anne Edmonds, Luke McGregor and Aaron Chen, who are all RAW Comedy alumni.
Catch SBS On Demand here.