Sunday 5th Apr 2020

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2020 Raw Comedy Quest : The Heats - POST-PONED

The Classic

8:00 p.m. at The Classic

Heats $5 Adult / (R18) / Door sales from 7pm until sold out.

Competition post-poned.

Please note that we are going to postpone the Raw Comedy Quest Competition until further notice commencing immediately due to some key factors
  • To continue would be unfair on those who would like to enter but do not feel safe in the current environment
  • Also most people entering want their friends and supporters to be able to see them and those same people may not feel comfortable
  • It is much easier to maintain our hygiene protocols and social distancing with performers we are familiar with and with smaller groups less connected in the room.
It will be an easy competition to relaunch when we return to business as usual - what ever shape that will take.
I am inspired by the talent I have seen already and am expecting a 'kick-arse' final when we get there.
Scott Blanks

NB: Door sales from 7pm on the night/every Monday - bookings not essential for The Heats.
Presales are available on Eventfinda for Tables of Six only , not single seats.


It is the bungy jump of stand-up comedy in New Zealand where we take humankind's greatest fear - public speaking- and add the expectation of being funny!

So who will stand-up and stake their claim for the title of the 'funniest new face of the year' decided in front of a panel of expert judges in the Grand Final during the 2020 NZ International Comedy Festival.

Launched in 1995, the Raw Comedy Quest is New Zealand's biggest comedy competition, with $2000 in prize money, the glory and promises of further work as a professional comedian to be won.

Since it began 25 years ago hundreds of Kiwi's have made a stand at the Raw Comedy Quest, a high light of the annual New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Some have gone on to enjoy continued success as part time and full time performers. Many others have discovered that all they are good for is a few jokes at the office party. But most importantly all of them have faced human kinds greatest fear - 'Public Speaking', with the added expectation of being funny.

The heats for the 2020 Raw Comedy Quest kick off at The Classic 8pm on Mon 10 Feb and run through to Mon 27 Apr.


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

Email is best:
Or visit a Monday night Raw gig and talk to Scott in person.



For Raw Comedy we offer pre-sales for Tables of Six Only on Eventfinda

Purchase a Table of Six on Eventfinda and SAVE! (booking fees may apply)

Otherwise we recommend Door Sales on the Night - Available at The Classic from 7pm  (subject to availability)

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. 

8:00 p.m. at The Classic

Heats $5 Adult / (R18) / Door sales from 7pm until sold out.

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8:00 p.m. at The Classic

Heats $5 Adult / (R18) / Door sales from 7pm until sold out.

8:00 p.m. at The Classic

Heats $5 Adult / (R18) / Door sales from 7pm until sold out.

8:00 p.m. at The Classic

Heats $5 Adult / (R18) / Door sales from 7pm until sold out.