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 after, he got no further. “The gig was huge,” says Ben reminiscing of his first brush with fame. “There were over 500 people in the audience, and …

044: Tegan Higginbotham – Class Clowns to celebrity comedian

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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, sketch comedy, and stand-up comedy, at festivals right across Australia. This year also happens to be her 12th consecutive Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF). And that’s only the half of it. In …

041: Mike Goldstein – From chasing tail to comedy tales

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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 doing stand-up comedy for the past eight years – and Aussie audiences have been loving him. In this School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode, Mike Goldstein, aka …

012: Michael Shafar – How Jewish-ish and community TV led to comedy success

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Comedian Michael Shafar is a stand-up comic and writer for The Project on Network Ten. But this success hasn’t happened overnight. Like most stand-up comedians it started off with bombing at his first open mic, and then two years of performing at every opportunity that presented itself. His next step was hosting ‘The Leak’ on community television station, Channel 31, before …