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Published May 3rd 2015
West End Gets Wackier
Triple J/MICF RAW Comedy Competition winner Angus Gordon. Photo by Jim Lee.
What do three of Australia's favourite young comedians Mel Buttle, Josh Thomas, and Matt Okine have in common? They all got heaps of valuable experience and stage time under their belts doing Open Mic Comedy right here in Brisbane. Now the producers behind what are arguably the best stand-up rooms in Brisbane are launching a new comedy 'nursery' to nurture new talent in hipper than hip West End.
There's no doubt these Open Mic nights are great for audiences and the talent alike. The comics get a chance to learn and grow and the audience gets to see some raw, edgy, talent for free. Some of you may know that the recent national winner of the Triple J/MICF RAW Comedy Competition was the QLD State Winner and Brisbane local, Angus Gordon, who performed in the Grand Final at Melbourne Town Hall in front of 1,400 people.
But that's not all. When it comes to kicking comedy goals, our locals who got their starts in Brisbane's Open Mic rooms just keep winning.
The MICF Awards ceremony recently recognised two acts who originally started in the Brisbane Open Mic scene, Corey White and Sam Campbell. They were two of only four shows nominated for Best Newcomer Award, and were selected from a pool of 573 shows, with Corey White proclaimed the award winner.
Then there's the delightfully dark and intelligent Damien Power, whose show I Can't Believe I Cared was honed in Open Mic nights across Brisbane. He was nominated for the MICF's highly coveted and contested Barry Award for the most outstanding comedy act.
The Sit Down Comedy Club's new weekly Open Mic night at the Boundary Hotel in West End kicks off at 8pm on Tuesday 5th of May. Get along every week to see some professional and upcoming comedians practice their material. You never know, you might be witnessing the start of the next big thing.