As always for the festival gala gig that is the national RAW finals, a full house at Melbourne’s Town Hall watched the 12 finalists strut their stuff. Bantermeisters keeping the proceedings on track this year were former RAW finalists Tom Ballard and Hannah Gadsby. Runners-up were Tom Gaynor (South Australia) and Khaled Khalafalla (Victoria).
Judges for this year’s final were Susan Provan (MICF director), Karen Koren (Gilded Balloon, Edinburgh), Dave Thornton (comedian), Steve Bennett (editor Chortle.co.uk) and Dom Romeo, (broadcaster, writer, producer). The show will be broadcast on ABC in the not too distant future.