Ben Rodgers, 19, eyes career in comedy.
Ben Rodgers, 19, eyes career in comedy. David Nielsen

Comedian ready for competition

BEN Rodgers doesn’t like to take life too seriously.

So it is fitting the budding comedian is taking his view of the world to the stage, competing as part of the Queensland Raw Comedy heats next month.

The nation’s biggest open mic comedy competition challenges amateur comics to step up for the chance to win a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe, the holy grail of comedy festivals.

The best of the bunch will go on to duel it out in the state finals throughout March before the funniest from each state meet face-to-face at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April.

The overall Raw Comedy winner will pocket the prize of a trip to the Fringe Festival.

Mr Rodgers said he inherited his sense of humour from his parents.

The 19-year-old said he had dreamed of performing in front of a live audience for a long time, with his first taste coming at an open mic night in Fortitude Valley last week.

“There is a certain thrill when you get a laugh,” Mr Rodgers said.

“It is a bit addictive really.

“There is something about that that is really appealing.”

The Mt Crosby resident will compete as part of the Raw Comedy heats on February 16 at the Sit Down Comedy Club in Brisbane.

He said he aims, like his comedy heroes George Carlin and Lenny Bruce, to raise people’s consciousness and get them to see things in a new light.

“People like Bill Hicks use comedy to make people laugh and break down barriers,” Mr Rodgers said.

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