Class Clowns comedy competition brings the search for Australia's funniest teenager to Wagga | Video

KNOCK KNOCK: Comedian Dane Simpson with Class Clowns competitors Shanai Palframan Vanassen, 16, Dylan Trevaskis, 15, Harry Moorby, 16, Josiah Gray, 15, and Cain Davey, 16. Picture: Les Smith
KNOCK KNOCK: Comedian Dane Simpson with Class Clowns competitors Shanai Palframan Vanassen, 16, Dylan Trevaskis, 15, Harry Moorby, 16, Josiah Gray, 15, and Cain Davey, 16. Picture: Les Smith

The Civic Theatre is gearing up to host a local heat of Class Clowns, a nationwide competition searching for Australia’s funniest teenager.

Manager of the Civic Theatre Carissa Campbell said Wagga was home to the only regional heat in NSW.

“Wagga's getting a bit of a name nationally for its comedy, so we wanted to start getting our teenagers involved,” Ms Campbell said. 

“When you look at some of the people who've been through Class Clowns and won, like Tom Ballard, it can really be the launching pad to an international career.” 

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Dane Simpson from the Riverina Comedy Club said it was fantastic to open up this opportunity to teens in the regions.

“I went to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and I noticed all the Class Clowns state finalists were from the major cities,” Mr Simpson said.

“I went, ‘why is it always the major cities?’ So I rang them, and they asked if we wanted a Wagga heat.” 

Mr Simpson is teaming up with the Civic Theatre to coach the competitors ahead of next month’s heat.

“We're also running some workshops to get the kids confident and teach them some skills so they can give it a good, red hot crack,” Mr Simpson said. 

“Whoever wins the Wagga heat will get a ticket to go straight to the state finals.” 

The Class Clowns workshops will be held on February 27 and March 1, with the heat following on March 16.

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