What do Josh Thomas, Ronny Chieng (pictured), Celia Pacquola, Matt Okine and Hannah Gadsby have in common? Aside from all being household names in comedy, each of them have taken out the RAW Comedy title.
Now, it’s your turn. The search is back on for the RAW Comedy National Champion. Registrations are now open, with heats being held across the country between January and March in preparation for the grand final at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April next year.
So if you’re an aspiring master of LOLs, what have you got to lose? This competition is seriously life-changing: the winner will be sent to Edinburgh Fringe next year and nab a spot in the prestigious So You Think You’re Funny competition.
Keen? Here’s what you need to do:
- Check your eligibility. If you’ve earned less than $500 from performing comedy this year, read on…
- Dig deep and write the best damn five minutes of comedy you can manage.
Stand-up comedian Kevin Hart is going to tour Australia for the very first time in early 2016 as he brings his ‘What Now?’ tour around the country.
Best known for his dynamic and observational delivery style (and er… petite size), Hart has recently made an appearance as ‘Roast Master’ on Comedy Central’s hilarious roast of Justin Bieber which left audiences reeling as a panel including Hart, Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg and Shaquille O’Neal took turns giving the Canadian pop heartthrob a comedic dressing down.
Influenced by stand-up masters the likes of Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy and Dave Chapelle, Hart built a reputation of being an impressive arena performer, no mean feat for a former shoe salesman who found his calling after an amateur stand-up night in a Philadelphia comedy club. In 2014, Hart was cast in Top Five, a comedy feature film directed and starred by
Hart’s former mentor Chris Rock, while this year he cemented his reputation as comic actor in Get Hard starring Will Ferrell.… Read more
Ron Swanson and Karen Walker are a married couple in real life. If this is news to you, then we’ll just let that sink in for a minute. If you’ve spent the last few years dreaming about what life is like at home for two of television’s most hilarious, acerbic characters, then break out the vodka: Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman are coming to Australia early next year to unleash their sexed-up Summer of 69: No Apostrophe tour.
Crucially, as Offerman notes in the tour announcement, “there’s an important subtitle in the show, and it’s ‘no apostrophe’. It’s about the greatest love relationship of all time”. Mullally adds that the show will be “rather graphic”; we’re talking songs, explicit details of their red-hot relationship and, (whatever this means), “an astonishing final act of completion”.
Many of us have already experienced the unbridled Offerman/Mullally sexual chemistry in NBC’s Parks and Recreation, in which Mullally plays Ron Swanson’s ex-wife, Tammy Two.… Read more
Melbourne’s largest celebration of independent arts is about to get bigger than ever, with 401 events taking place in 174 venues across Melbourne. The program spans everything from comedy to cabaret, circus to theatre, and is packed with experimental and exciting new shows that you won’t catch anywhere else.
Setting things in motion at this morning’s media launch was the Victoria government’s minister for creative industries Martin Foley. “The Fringe Festival is a lifeline of support for emerging creators,” he said. “It brings forward creativity that would otherwise be marginalised.” In light of the federal government’s “savage cuts” to independent arts funding (by contrast, the Fringe is still generously supported by state and local governments), Foley re-iterated that the Fringe is more important than ever – the Melbourne Fringe works to develop and promote emerging artists, and ticket sales all go back to the creators.
Once you get your hands on the program, a good place to start are the free, site-specific works popping up throughout the city, through the Uncommon Places and ACCA in the City programs.… Read more
Hold the phone. Amy Schumer’s coming to town!
One the funniest ladies to come out of America’s stand-up circuit in recent years has announced a surprise headline show for one night only at Melbourne’s Hamer Hall. Coming to international attention after the 2013 debut of her Comedy Central sketch show Inside Amy Schumer, the comedian has become known for her no-holds-barred sense of humour.
With Schumer’s first major feature film Trainwreck due out in Australia on August 6, this stand-up show will no doubt be an uncensored taster to the funny lady’s comedic prowess.
If you’ve not familiar with Schumer’s stand-up style, expect comedic critiques of topics ranging from sexting, relationships, to celebrity culture. See what we mean below: