Making the jump from RAW Comedy

What do comedy competitions like RAW give comedians and what’s the next stage in their career after competing?

RAW Comedy held as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is promoted as the biggest open mic competition in the country, but it’s not the only one…

Anyone can enter RAW Comedy as long as they haven’t made more than $500 in the industry. Competitors have a maximum of five minutes’ stage time in their heat; the best make it through to the state final (sometimes via a wildcard round), and the winners at that level progress to the national final, which can have a live audience of around 1500 and is later televised.

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Daniel Herborn is a journalist and novelist based in Sydney. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Saturday Paper, The Monthly, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and others. He has also practised law at an Intellectual Property firm specialising in creative industries clients.