By Melissa Sheil
IF you’re funny and you know it clap your hands – and sign up to join Australia’s best budding young comics in the 25th year of Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns competition.
The Perth heat will be held at the Kalamunda Hotel on March 17, one of sixteen held across the country to scout for talent aged 13 to 18.
Competitors present a three-to-five minute original stand-up comedy routine, which they will hone in a two hour workshop with professional comedian Tor Snyder before performing to a live crowd.
The winner of each heat is then invited to the state finals where the winner of those goes on to compete at the National Grand Final for the chance to win $1500 and a workshop package for their school.
A few of the comedically inclined competitors for Perth are Lars Roche, Odin Roche and James Sands, who are all excited to have the opportunity to perform for a live audience.
“I joined up to the Class Clowns competition so I could make a start in something and because I love seeing the joy on people’s faces when I can make them laugh,” James said.
“My act will focus on a traumatic childhood incident but I’m also throwing down a bucket of puns, and hopefully my competitors will trip on that bucket.”
The Roche brothers have slightly different approaches.
“I joined because I had nothing better to do – kidding!” Odin said.
“I’m keeping my act secret as a strategy, but it’ll involve a few mythology references.
“Since we’re brother’s, we double the chances of winning with us both in the running but also, I want to be famous so I won’t be sad about beating Odin,” Lars said.
“I’ll be making some jokes about my awkward life and family – mum might not like what I tell the audience.”
Alumni of the competition include Joel Creasey, Annie Louey, Rhys Nicholson, Aaron Chen, and William McKenna.
International comedian and rapper Chris Turner spoke highly of entering the Class Clowns competition.
“When you are new and young the more comedy you do and watch, the better you are going to get at doing it as you won’t be a finished package when you start out,” he said.
“It takes even the best comedians a while to find their voice and what that really means is finding your own point of view.
“By performing to an adult audience, you have the luxury of everyone in that room being able to identify with you as they have experienced what you are sharing, they have either been a teenager or are parents or both, so you have an audience that is going to relate to you.
“As they say, practice makes perfect so this is a brilliant starting ground.”
Visit www.comedyfestival.com.au/classclowns for more information.