Deadly Funny


2014 performers and winner Steph Tisdell (QLD) with judges Meshel Laurie and Tom Ballard

Now in its 9th 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.


Date Town/Heat State Workshop Time Performance Time Venue
Fri 6 Feb Sydney Workshop #1 NSW 5PM - 7PM Redfern Community Centre
Fri 13 Feb Sydney Heat/NSW State Final NSW 4:30PM-6:30PM 7:30PM Redfern Community Centre
Fri 20 Feb

Melbourne Heat/VIC State Final

VIC 5PM - 7PM 8PM Northcote Town Hall
Fri 27 Feb Brisbane Heat/QLD State Final QLD 5:30PM - 7:30PM 8PM Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts (ACPA)
Thurs 12 Mar  Perth Heat/WA State Final WA 4:30PM - 6:30PM 7:30PM

Cygnet Cinema (16 Preston St, COMO)

as a part of FIESTA Festival

Fri 13 Mar Adelaide Heat/SA State Final SA 4PM - 6PM 7PM

Tandanya Theatre

as a part of the Spirit Festival

To sign up for the 2015 competition or for more info email: or call (03) 9245 3700.

The 2015 DEADLY FUNNY NATIONAL FINAL & SHOWCASE will be on in April during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and star the State Final winners, some amazing feature acts and a very special MC. Check back here soon for the dates and ticketing information.

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

Click here for videos from the 2014 National Final and Showcase show
Check out the Deadly Funny Facebook page and image galleries here

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!  And check back here for more tours in 2015.

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

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