ARE YOU the class clown?You’ll have a chance to find out as registrations for the 2014 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Class Clowns competition opens this Monday, October 7.
Across the country teens in years 9 – 12 or who are 14-18 years old (in 2014) can sign up to workshop five minutes of their own original gags with professional comedians and then compete on stage at their local heats, all in an effort to learn the comedy trade and try for the title of ‘Australia’s Funniest Teen’ at the Class Clowns National Grand Final in April 2014.
The competition is said to be ideal for those kids who love to present funny facts, always have the classroom in stitches, or even the quiet types who sit at the back concocting genius one-liners.
Entrants can register as a solo act or in a group of up to three members from Monday.
The next step is to come up with an original five minutes of stand-up, sketch, musical parody (or something wild in between), participate in one of the workshops (led by a professional practicing comedian) and then present their act at a real, live, local public performance.
Previous Class Clowns entrants have seen comedians like Sammy J, Sam Simmons, DeAnne Smith, Harley Breen, Dave Williams, Matt Okine and Anne Edmonds running their heats to mentor and guide them through the world of comedy.
2014 will be the 19th Class Clowns competition. The 2013 Class Clowns National Grand Final was won by James Warren from Tasmania and runner up places were awarded to Lachie Clarke from Victoria, Emma Hogan from South Australia and Sam Perry from the Northern Territory.
The overall winner of the 2014 competition will take home $1,500 for themselves and $1,000 workshop package for their school.
It’s free to register at classclowns.com.au
The ACT heat will be on March 14 at Canberra Theatre Centre’s Courtyard Studio.
The National Grand Final will be held during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on April 3 2014 at Melbourne Town Hall.
(Flights and accommodation for heat winners outside of Melbourne will be covered by the Festival.)