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Raw Comedy Quest 2015

Raw Comedy Quest - In search of Nz's funniest new face


Are you NZ’s next big comedy thing? Find out in the 2015 Raw Comedy Quest. With $2000 in prize money, the glory and a chance to become a pro-comedian. Have a crack at the heats, every Monday in March and April at The Classic.

Semi-Finals – Mon 27 April & Mon 4 May at The Classic, 8pm.

Grand Final – Sat 16 May at Q Theatre, 9pm.

Keen to be part of the RAW Comedy Quest? Sign up at or phone The Classic on 09 373 4321.


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Semi-Finals: Mon 27 April & Mon 4 May, 8pm
Grand Final: Sat 16 May, 9pm


The Classic, Auckland
Rangatira at Q Theatre, Auckland


Semi-Finals $10.00 door sales only

Grand Final
Adults $25.00
Conc. $20.00
Groups 10+ $20.00* service fees may apply


09 309 9771

Show Duration:

2 hours

Critics Review

Liam Golds - Keeping Up With NZ'4 1/2 Stars - ... tomorrow’s brightest comedic stars already shining so bright'open/close
Last night saw the grand final of the 2015 Raw Comedy Quest. With Justine Smith as our MC for the evening, eleven budding stand up acts from all over the country (well, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch) took turns playing to a packed Q Theatre.

Each with only six minutes to prove their worth. It’s an intimidatingly short amount of time to convince what is likely the biggest crowd you’ve performed for that you’re hilarious. These acts were up for the challenge.

The performances ranged from energetic to intentionally awkward, foul mouthed to family friendly. Some played songs whilst others played characters. There was a great variety of styles on stage, but thankfully the quality remained consistently high throughout. Some higher than others, of course.

I couldn’t find fault with Angella Dravid’s immensely amusing breakdown of the correlation between New Zealand’s economic stability and abortion rates. Nor with Joel Hansby withdrawn, self-loathing one-liners. And our two winners, Savanna Calton and Melanie Bracewell, both displayed the natural confidence and charisma you’d expect from seasoned professionals, along with a ton of funny jokes.

What was most surprising, or most impressive, about last night’s final is that there were no weak links amongst the performers. Every comedian on stage had clearly earned their right to be there, and every one brought at least one killer gag to bring the house down.

It’s very reassuring to see some of tomorrow’s brightest comedic stars already shining so bright, and in an environment where they are encouraged and nurtured (bar one or two very annoying hecklers). Here’s to another 20 years of the Raw Comedy Quest.

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