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The nation’s freshest, uncooked comedy talent battle it out to be named 2014’s funniest

The national stand-up competition responsible for launching your favourite comedians' careers returns with another breed of hopefuls – so get along to see the next Chris Lilley/Josh Thomas/Hannah Gadsby/Ronny Chieng/Tim Minchin (all of whom won the prestigious competition in their day).

The qualifying heat dates and venues are as follows:

Qualifying Heat #1: Sat 11 Jan
The Evelyn Hotel

Qualifying Heat #2: Sat 18 Jan
The Esplanade Hotel

Qualifying Heat #3: Sat 1 Feb
The Northcote Social Club

Qualifying Heat #4: Sat 8 Feb
Comics Lounge

Qualifying Heat #5: Sat 15 Feb
The Corner Hotel

Qualifying Heat #6: Sat 22 Feb
The Evelyn Hotel

Extra heats: Sun 9 & 16 Feb and 2 Mar
The Evelyn Hotel

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Raw Comedy: Qualifying Heats 2014 details

Around Melbourne, Melbourne 3000

Date Sun 02 Mar 2014

Open Doors 12.30pm; show 1pm

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