Last night, 13 of Australia’s best new comedians took to the main stage at the Melbourne Town Hall for the 2010 RAW Comedy Grand Final. The top prize was awarded to Luke Heggie of New South Wales. Luke won a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to compete in the prestigious competition “So You Think You’re Funny” and the coveted chicken trophy.
Luke, a labourer from Sydney has only been cracking jokes since the start of this year when he decided to man up, brave the stage and enter the RAW Comedy heats. RAW is the first time Luke has ever done comedy with the Grand Final bringing his total of stand-up gigs to four.
There were two special mentions awarded to Ronny Chieng from Victoria and Geoffrey Windle from Queensland.
RAW Comedy is the nation’s biggest, most prestigious open mic comedy competition. After more than 60 gigs in every capital city and regional centers around Australia, the RAW Comedy Grand Final presented the cream of the crop and a snapshot of the national stand up scene.
Also to be commended are the 10 other contestants (in order of appearance): James Mullany (WA), Catherine Hall (VIC), Callan Durlik (WA), Levi Dobson (NT), James Mcann (SA), David Bakker (TAS), Sam Radford (VIC), Anne Edmonds (VIC), Mo-taz (SA) and Peter Escott (TAS).
Compere Cal Wilson kept the evening of laughs rolling on and the night concluded with a special guest appearance by US comedian and recurring correspondent on The Jay Leno Show Nick Thune who is currently performing in Headliners.
Judges were Susan Provan (Festival Director), Rove McManus, Rebecca Austin (Artistic Director Cat Laughs Comedy Festival IRE) and Steve Bennett (Chortle UK).
“Luke was a much deserving winner. He had an amazing joke count in his five minute spot. We loved his laid back style, it drew favourable comparisons to seasoned comics such as Steven Wright and Carl Barron” said Rebecca Austin.
Past RAW Comedy national winners include Michael Workman, Anthony Menchetti, Nick Sun Chris Franklin and Josh Thomas. Over the years contestants have included: Chris Lilley, Dave Callan, Adam Spencer, Tom Gleeson, Peter Helliar, Adam Richard, Terri Psiakis, Adam Rozenbachs and Geraldine Hickey.