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The 2023 Raw Comedy Quest - Heats

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  • Single General Admit: $10.25 each ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Exclusive Table for Two: $20.50 each ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Exclusive Table for Four: $41.00 each ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
  • Exclusive Table for Six: $61.50 each ($10.00 + $0.25 fees)
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  • Sat 2 Sep 2023, 10:00pm–11:45pm
  • Sat 9 Sep 2023, 10:00pm–11:45pm
  • Sat 16 Sep 2023, 10:00pm–11:45pm
  • Sat 23 Sep 2023, 10:00pm–11:45pm
  • Sat 30 Sep 2023, 10:00pm–11:45pm

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Scott Blanks

UPDATE : Sat 23 Sept will now be the Final Heat of the 2023 Raw Comedy Quest. Sat 30 Sept will be a warm-up for the Semi-Finals on Oct 7 & 14 Oct. (On Sale Mon 25 Sept) , followed by the Grand Final on Sat 28 Oct. (On Sale Mon 6 Oct).

Welcome to The Classic , for over 25 years NZ's home of live comedy.

Every Saturday night from June 3 to Sept 30th we will be holding the heats for the 2023 Raw Comedy Quest - our search for the funniest new comedians of the year.

So if you think you're funny, or know someone who does, then stand-up this winter and have a crack at winning $2500 in prize money, offers of further professional work at The Classic and beyond and, most importantly, the Glory! Never underestimate The Glory of being the Funniest New Rookie of the Year.
It could be the start of something huge ... or not!

All you need is up to 6 minutes of your own original comedy act. Anything goes. Stand-up, music, sketch, improv, mime, solo, duo's, trio's or troupes.

If you would like to perform;
Sign on by emailing

The Heats run every Saturday from June 3rd to Sept 30th at 10pm.
The Semi-Finals will be held on Sat 7th & Sat 14 Oct at 10pm.

Followed by the Grand Final on Sat 28th October at 7:30pm at The Classic.

Conditions of Entry
1/ You must be an NZ resident - no tourists, please.
2/ You cannot already be earning any money from performing live comedy - No Pro's.
3/ Your comedy must be your own creation - no covers comedians.
4/ You must be available for the Heats, Semi-Finals and Grand Final - please do not enter if the dates above don't work for you.
5/ You cannot enter if you have entered the Raw Comedy Quest in more than one previous year and not made the Final.

Buy tickets to watch the show?
$10 door sales are available at the door on the night, every Saturday, from 7pm.
We only offer pre-sales including Exclusive Tables to suit your bubble size.
Tickets for the Semi-Finals and Grand Final will be available here under a separate listing.

Do you want to perform? Contact Scott to book your spot in advance

Email is best:
Or visit a Raw gig on Saturday night at 10pm and talk to Scott in person.


Presales are available on Eventfinda.

All tickets from $10

For all shows we recommend arriving 15mins before the show starts.
All seating is allocated by the Duty Manager on the night starting from the front.
Groups booked under the same name will automatically be sat together.
Latecomers are not guaranteed seats together

The Classic is a licensed bar requiring all minors (under 18) to be accompanied by THEIR parent at all times.
Anyone looking under 25 will be asked for ID in the form of : NZ Driver's License, Passport or HNZ 18+ Card.
8pm shows have an age restriction of at least 15 years old accompanied by their parent.
Entry will not be granted to unaccompanied minors, those without ID or intoxicated persons.

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