Gay off to Raw final

ENTERING a comedy festival was originally Kerri Gay's opportunity to tick something off her bucket list - but now she could win Australia's biggest comedy competition.

Gay, who is well known across Northern Tasmania's theatre scene and is a teacher at St Patrick's College, won the state's Raw Comedy final in Hobart last weekend and will now contest the Melbourne Comedy Festival's national Raw final.

More than 70 heats have been held across the country for the festival and only 12 people have made it through to the April 13 final.

Gay said entering the competition, with a script she wrote on her own, was the scariest thing she has ever done.

``When you do theatre, you're looking at words that have been published, tried and tested and you know the audience is going to like it,'' Gay said.

``But with this, how do you know if people are going to laugh?

``It's the moment when people are either going to be like `why didn't her friends tell her?' or it's going to be really good.''

Luckily for Gay, she has been well liked and will compete in the national final in front of about 2000 people in a nationally televised performance.

Gay said her piece was a social commentary about why men call things out to women while they are driving and was inspired by two men who yelled things out to her and other women who were filming the latest Capri advertisement.

Gay said she entered the Launceston heat as it was something she had always wanted to do.

``I left the heat after I'd finished, because I thought, it doesn't matter if I don't win, at least I've ticked it off,'' she said.

She said she would one day love to write her own female show.

The winner of the national Raw comedy final will get to share their own work at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival.

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