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Raw with Laughter

Raw talent collides with raw humour this month at the NT final of RAW Comedy, Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s (MICF) open mic competition. 

By Kate Conway

Armed with nothing but a microphone and their wits, hopeful performers battle it out for the chance to represent the NT in the national grand final at this year’s MICF in April.

Returning for a 28th year, RAW Comedy is widely regarded as the crème de la crème of comedy competitions in Australia. The line-up of past competitors features some of the most recognised names in Aussie comedy, including Celia Pacquola, Matt Okine and Darwin’s own Dave Woodhead.

West Aussie comedian Brett Blake is on board to emcee the evening, and is another of the competition’s successful alumni. The chance to host the platform that gave him his start in comedy is a full circle moment in his career, and a role he’s uniquely qualified for.

“I know exactly what all the performers are feeling because I felt that 12 years ago. Hopefully I can make their job a bit easier, make everything a bit more comfortable for them and if they need any words of wisdom, I’m happy to help,” he says.

With comedy specials titled Bogan Genius and Go Hard or Go Home, the mullet-haired, self-confessed loudmouth says he’ll feel right at home in the Territory.

“I’m very loud, excitable, energetic. I’ll probably have too many beers as per usual, but I’m always having a good time,” he says.

"I’m excited for it, I love the NT and I’m looking forward to getting back up there."

Gather your crew and prepare for an evening filled with witty one-liners and side-splitting jokes from the Territory’s up-and-coming comics.

RAW Comedy NT Final
COST $35

Photo: Brett Blake by Jim Lee

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