On Sunday night at Q Theatre, The Raw Comedy Final spitballed 12 comedians into the audience in a bid to ﬁnd the funniest new NZ comic.
Each of the contestants had a six-minute time limit, and were judged in terms of material, delivery and other categories that cover general funniness. The performers were from all over the country and had endured and conquered the heat stages to travel to Auckland and determine a winner, runner up and a highly commended or two.
Firstly, a high commendation to all 12 of the brave souls who were most likely all performing in front of their largest crowd to date. The night also provided the most humorous wildcard entry and WTF moment when the one and only Suzanne Paul got up to perform. She was her usual frenzied self, and berated the audience for buying some of the crap she used to peddle off on the box.
I cannot remember all the names however, my favourites of the night were Daniel John (or James) Smith and the young Yank fella whose name still eludes me. For the most part the comedians looked ultra conﬁdent and were impressive given the puny time limit. But there could only be one winner. It was the incredibly funny, and equally adorable, James Malcolm from Wellington. Well done James you little fabulous creature! Runner-up was Katie Han (apologies if that is incorrect spelling) whose adorability rivalled that of the winner and whose act provided some insight into the lighter side of culture-clashing.
It seemed the judges were looking for the acts that set out to be a bit unorthodox and daring, one act in particular offered a display of experimental, pie-dismantling Lion King theatre comedy. There you go, the future of New Zealand comedy is in safe hands.
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