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Raw Comedy 2019 Advice

Are you thinking of entering Raw Comedy 2019? Early expressions of interest for are now open. To enter just click here. Got no idea what I’m talking about? Well, what you should know is thaw…

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The Raw Story with Ben Horowitz

Comedian Ben Horowitz knows Raw Comedy well – he entered three times. His first brush with the amateur competition was in 2002, and although he did pick up two footy club gigs immediately…

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069: Jeff Green – Building a comedy career, twice

 If there’s a single take away message from this interview, then it’s about embracing change. British born comedian, Jeff Green, was at the top of his game in the UK, performing as an…

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066: Simon Hughes – The new king of comedy

Simon Hughes runs Kings of Comedy, a comedy room in the heart of Melbourne. He’s also an up and coming stand-up comedian. A class clown at school, Simon was naturally drawn to entertainment…

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064: Kieran Butler – The life of a satirist, antagonist and contrarian comedian

 Kieran Butler is a political satirist, comedic antagonist, and a general contrarian. Heavily influenced by the Aussie alternative rock band, Tism, Kieran Butler is not afraid of speaking his mind…

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063: Chris Wainhouse – Dark humour and the importance of taboos

 New Zealand born, Brisbane raised, and globally travelled, Chris Wainhouse, has been in the comedy game for over 20 years. The son of a fundamental Christian mother, it should come as no surprise…

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062: Nadine Sparks – From improv to stand-up comedy

Nadine Sparks loves learning comedy. At aged 12 she began learning improvisation comedy, including a course at 18 at the highly respected NIDA, then performing with Improv Conspiracy, before…

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061: Lee Ton – Persistence pays for a comedy career

Lee Ton first tried his hand at stand-up comedy in 2008. Ten years later, and with a couple of comedy courses under his belt, Lee has found himself performing at the Melbourne International Comedy…

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055: Nikki Osborne – Go hard or go home

 In her very first Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) show, Nikki Osborne not only sold out, but also managed to attract over 100,000 dollars of free, or ‘earned’,…

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MICF Review – Carvin H Goldstone – The Other South African Comedian

There’s few topics that are taboo when you’re part Indian, Zulu, Jewish, and plump. And in a display of misdirection, acting, and observational comedy, Carvin H Goldstone seamlessly and…

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MICF Review – Cameron James – Chilled Out/Fired Up

Several months ago I had the pleasure of being introduced to the comedy of Cameron James. He was the crowd pleasing headliner, performing at Riverina Comedy Club in Wagga Wagga, to a massively warm…

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The Stand-up Comedy Disruptors

When it comes to stand-up comedy, not much has changed in the last 30 years. Turn up to a pub that runs an open mic night, perform five minutes of embarrassing jokes – repeat. Do that for three…

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MICF Review – The Kagools – Kula

Two ladies from cities in the UK most Australians have never heard of, wearing an item of clothing most Australians wont know, driving vehicles most Australians have never seen. And yet The Kagools…

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MICF Review – Gavin Sempel – Plain and Sempel

For someone so lightly framed, Gavin Sempel’s humour packs a punch. Indeed, the seemingly incidental goings on in most people’s lives, become highly visible targets, ripe for the Sempel comedic…

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MICF Review – Alex Edelman – Just for Us

Edelman is one of the rising stars of stand-up, winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer (a difficult trick for an American), he’s supported Ricky Gervais, and has a special on…

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MICF Review – Rich Hall

The “Cranky Yank”, a true seasoned professional with an impressive CV including performances on Saturday Night Live, is able to have the audience laughing by mocking the politically correct…

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054: Cameron James – Building a comedy brand with your own hands

Sometimes anonymity can give you the courage to try something scary. That was the case for Cameron James, the Newcastle born comedian whose first open mic was at Comedy on Edge in Sydney, where he…

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053: Gavin Sempel – The hard road to Raw Comedy

Gavin Sempel is one of the hardest working new comedians in Australia. At the age of 18, in March 2016, Gavin began his stand-up comedy career by enrolling in the very first School of Hard Knock…

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MICF Review – Phil Wang – Kinabalu

Few comedians could successfully weave the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, and male feminism into a hilarious joke. But that’s no problem for ‘Old Wang’. The Malaysian born Brit, who…

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051: Adam Jacobs – The best daze of his life and more

Adam Jacobs has popped the cherry of quite a few first time stand-up comedians. You see he runs an open mic night at Highlander Bar, in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD, and has helped hundreds of…

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“The Best Of” at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

A total of 39 graduates of the School of Hard Knock Knocks will be performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) this year. Each of the 12 shows, starting on April 5 and concluding…

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048: Damian Callinan – Espy zero to Wagga Wagga hero

 Damian Callinan is one of Australia’s most versatile performers. Actor, writer and comedian all rolled into one. As you’ll hear in this School of Hard Knock Knocks’ podcast…

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047: The Kagools – Building a comedic brand on slapstick

The Kagools are an award winning, mute physical comedy duo from the UK. Off stage they are the talkative Claire Ford and Nicky Wilkinson. In this interview you’ll learn about the dangers of…

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046: Adam Rozenbachs – Bringing comedy from Carlton to Kabul

Adam Rozenbachs has an impressive comedic resume that includes writing, broadcasting, acting, and of course stand-up. His humour has been known to be cutting at times, and in this interview Morry and…

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045: Leon Huxtable – A Raw Comedy time machine

Love comedy AND want to travel in time? Then you’ll love this episode, with Leon Huxtable, fellow Auscast Network podcaster, from ‘Yeah! G’day‘ – and budding comedian…

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044: Tegan Higginbotham – Class Clowns to celebrity comedian

Tegan Higginbotham started comedy when in high school, through the Class Clowns competition. Today, just shy of 30, Tegan has an impressive comedy resume, which includes writing columns, improv,…

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041: Mike Goldstein – From chasing tail to comedy tales

American born Mike Goldstein isn’t in Kansas anymore. Sydney first, then Perth, and now Melbourne, the part Christian, part Jewish, with a dash of Sri Lankan (Yep! You read right!), has been…

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Want to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival?

It’s a dream of many comedians – to perform at the world famous Melbourne International Comedy Festival – or MICF for short. And why wouldn’t they dream?! Alongside the…

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039: Josh Earl – From Tassie to television

Josh Earl knows first hand the roller coaster ride that is comedy. Serendipitously launching his stand-up comedy career with Rod Quantock in Tasmania, Josh moved to Melbourne, where he had a regular…

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038: Kelly Fastuca – American Green Cards, Chinese Whispers, and Aussie Naivety

American Green Cards, Chinese Whispers, and Aussie Naivety…

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037: Zack Dyer – Winning RAW Comedy with confidence

It takes confidence to win RAW Comedy. …

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036: Matt Okine – Life after RAW

There is a life after RAW Comedy, and it's incredible!…

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031: Richard Stubbs – Never be creative without passion

Never be creative without passion. …

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028: Sonia Di Iorio – Jumping into the deep-end of comedy

Jumping in the deep-end is sometimes the best way to start a comedy career.…

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025: Ben McCarthy – What do you want to do when you grow up?

Which comedian mapped out his comedy career at 12? That'll be Ben McCarthy. …

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022: Doug Chappel – Overcoming challenges to build a comedy career

Comedy can be driven from challenges, as is the case with Doug.…

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019: Greg Fleet – The Accidental Comedian

 Greg Fleet is Australia’s bad boy of comedy. On stage and off, ‘Fleety’ has made a name for himself for pushing the boundaries and living life to its fullest. TV, movies,…

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016: Dave O’Neil – From Captain Cocoa to Captaining Aussie Comedy

Chances are you’ve laughed at a Dave O’Neil joke. This is because not only is he a seasoned stand-up comedian, but dave’s been writing for Australian TV comedy shows since 1994…

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011: Simon Taylor – From tweets to television. The winding road of comedy

Chance favours the prepared mind in a career of stand-up comedy.…

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010: Evan Hocking – The leap of faith in going full time

Jumping from a part-time to full-time stand-up comedian is terrifying!…

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007: Dave Callan – Winning friends and influencing people in comedy

There's something funny about the Irish accent, frizzy hair and beards. This man has all three.…

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The Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017

IF YOU’RE NOT FROM MELBOURNE or you are, but have never left the house because you believe exam results are more important than a personality, then there’s a slight chance that…

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