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Raw Comedy 2016 at the Melbourne Town Hall

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by Elizabeth Quinn (subscribe)
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It's survival of the funniest of Australia's comic finalists

"Knock knock"

"Who's there?"

"The Raw Comedy Open Mic Finals"

raw comedy open mic 2016, Nazeem Hussain, Larry Dean, Danielle Walker, Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, MICF

Laughter comes in all shapes and sizes - and so do comedians. There were very tall ones, and very small ones, big beards and small hats - gender, race, sexual orientation and religion. There was slow and laconic, there was fast paced, there were visual gags and dance routines. Some of it worked some of it missed the mark. But there is no doubt the life of a would-be comedian is not all laughs it's hard work winning over an audience.

raw comedy open mic 2016, Nazeem Hussein, Larry Dean, Danielle Walker, Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, MICF
Host Nazeem Hussain

Even host Nazeem Hussain had his work cut out for him. The biggest laughs of the evening were for Scottish comedian Larry Dean, hired to keep the audience happy while the judges conferred at the end of the evening. The comparison was telling - smooth, relaxed, polished, hilarious: no edge-of-the-seat nerves and that's just the audience members, who want the contestants to make them laugh for everyone's sake.

raw comedy open mic 2016, Nazeem Hussein, Larry Dean, Danielle Walker, Melbourne Town Hall, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, MICF
Comedian Larry Dean

Clearly being a successful comic is like any other profession - it takes time and practice. This year, winner Victorian Danielle Walker gets the chance to hone her talents at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and join the likes of Adam Spencer, Josh Thomas and Hannah Gadsby, past Raw Comedy winners made good.
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Why? See the faces of Australia's future comedians
When: Sunday April 10 at 5pm
Phone: 1300 660 013
Where: Melbourne Town Hall - Main Hall
Cost: $29 - $35.50
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