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2008 winds down, get ready for 2009

Best wishes to all comedians, comedy promoters and comedy fans for the festive season!

I’ve got one more review to write this weekend, then Gagging For It will take a holiday for a few weeks…One of the first comedy events firing up in the New Year will be the opening heats of Raw Comedy 2009…

Melbourne Comedy Festival just around the corner

The organisers are setting up the teasers for next year’s festival now. Tickets go on sale this Friday 5th December for the big MICF Gala Night. These sell out fast.

The Gala proudly supporting Oxfam
Wednesday 25 March 2009, 7.30pm
Princess Theatre
Spring Street, Melbourne
Tickets from $60 plus booking fee
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Quest for the Best Grand Final: a great night for comedy

This article has been updated since first publication

Like nearly everybody else who is interested in comedy in Sydney, I was at the Santa Scholastica College Auditorium on Wednesday night to see 12 rising comics strut their stuff for the chance to be the night’s winner of a cheque for $5,000. Having had to turn hundreds away from last year’s Grand Final at the normal Comedy on the Rox venue at the Roxbury Hotel, this year Kathryn Bendall decided to rent a larger space and see if she could fill it with a capacity crowd. An audience of 750 people proved that she could.

The crowd was full of the contestants’ friends, family and supportive work colleagues, as many as possible there to vote for their favourite, because the contest goes to the comic who gets the most audience votes.