BY Joy Ong
Do you have a class clown in your English class? Or maybe you’re the class clown?
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival is calling on all young and funny peeps to participate in their nationwide high school comedy competition, Class Clowns 2018!
Registrations for the 2018 competition are now open. With contestant heats held around Australia, the finalists from each state will travel to Melbourne to compete for the title of Australia’s funniest teen. The winner receives a grand prize of $1500 for their school, alongside a comedy workshop worth $1000.
2018 is the first year that W.A. will host two major heats. The first will be held at The Kazador at the Joondalup Festival on Saturday the 24th of March at 2:00pm, and the second will be showing at WAAPA’s Roundhouse Theatre at ECU’s Mount Lawley Campus on Sunday the 25th of March at 6:00pm.
The Class Clowns competition provides an opportunity for keen students to learn comedy firsthand, perform to enthusiastic crowds and meet other up-and-coming comedians. All participants receive free entry, mentorship with professional comedians, a free workshop for all heat finalists, and travel and accommodation for the W.A. winner as they are flown to Melbourne to compete in the national final.
W.A.’s 2017 finalist, Anzel Van Niekerk from Kalbarri, states that the overall program has been massively beneficial to her overall professionalism and comedic development.
“My confidence and performances have increased so much by doing the Class Clown competition— it taught me a lot about myself and how I can express my opinions in funny and sarcastic ways. My first performance had a crowd of twenty people, the states performance consisted of fifty, and the final and nationals had a crowd of 800 people. There was nowhere to hide, and I had to rely on my confidence to pull me through.”
Anzel also states that the competition allows for contestants to meet other young comedians and professional mentors, which may assist in building up beneficial contacts and opportunities for the future.
“The things I enjoyed most was working with professionals like Andy Saunders and having their guidance to help me improve my skits. I also enjoyed meeting new people along the way and just making them laugh.”
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RSVP & ticket link to the WA State Final: