Deadly Funny


Now in its 8th year Deadly Funny is the only dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comedy program for Australia’s traditional owners. 

Cheeky and loud, black and proud this program is all about unearthing and recognizing bright and bold new talent from all over the country.

In 2014 workshops and heats for were held nationally to uncover and expand performance skills from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander budding comedians across the country.

Competition finalists Simone Saunders (NSW), Marion Baumgarten (WA), Stephanie Tisdell (QLD) and Deb Bland (SA) performed alongside some of the finest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comedians at the Deadly Funny National Final and Showcase – hosted by Kevin Kropinyeri and featuring performances from Sean Choolburra, Shiralee Hood, Andrew Saunders, Mia Stanford, Matt Ford, Karla Hart and Della Rae Morrison – at Melbourne Town Hall on Saturday 5 April.  And special thanks to our awesome judges comedians Meshel Laurie, Tom Ballard and Eugenia Flynn from the Wilin Centre, Melbourne Uni.

Click here for videos from the show.
Check out the Deadly Funny Facebook page and image galleries here


Check back here in October 2014 to see the heat dates and venues for the 2015 competition!

For more information on Deadly Funny performances or workshops email: or call (03) 9245 3700.

Deadly Funny Competition Rules:

  • Open to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders aged 18 and over (if you are under 18 go to
  • Acts should be 3-5 minutes max!
  • Acts can be 1-3 people
  • Routines must be original
  • Acts can be stand up, musical, sketch, physical/dance or character based

Winners will be selected from around the country to compete for the top prize (and bragging rights) at the DEADLY FUNNY NATIONAL FINAL & SHOWCASE during the comedy festival in April 2015!

Our DEADLY FUNNY ROADSHOW, featuring the comic stylings of KEVIN KROPINYERI, ANDREW SAUNDERS, MELINDA BUTTLE and HARLEY BREEN was delighted to be a part of the 2014 DESERT HARMONY FESTIVAL in Tennant Creek in August 2014. Head over to the Deadly Funny Facebook page for pics!

Interested in our comedy workshop program for Indigenous young people aged 12 to 18? Click here for more info on Deadly Funny Kids.