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Deadly Funny 2015 winners

2015 Deadly Funny performers and national finalists with hosts Andy Saunders and Judith Lucy.

Congratulations to the 2015 Deadly Funny winner Nina Kirby!

The Deadly Funny National Final & Showcase (held at the Forum Theatre on Saturday 18 April) was hosted by Andy Saunders and Judith Lucy, with special guests Kevin Kropinyeri, Mia Stanford, Matt Ford, Shiralee Hood, Djuki Mala and Archie Roach.

The National Final and Showcase featured amazing performances from all the Deadly National Finalists - Dane Simpson (NSW), Joshua Warrior (SA), Karen Edwards (QLD), Karla Hart (WA) and Nina Kirby (VIC).

Big congratulations on the night also went to Karen Edwards - the recipient of the Institute Of Koorie Education Deadly Funny mentorship.

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 Performance Venue

Fri 6 Feb

Sydney Workshop


5PM - 7PM

Redfern Community Centre

Fri 13 Feb

Sydney Heat/NSW State Final


4.30PM - 6.30PM


Redfern Community Centre

Fri 20 Feb

Melbourne Heat/VIC State Final


5PM - 7PM


Northcote Town Hall

Fri 27 Feb

Brisbane Heat/QLD State Final


5PM - 6PM


Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts

Thu 12 Mar

Perth Heat/WA State Final


4.30PM - 6.30PM


Cygnet Cinema

As a part of FIESTA Festival

Fri 13 Mar

Adelaide Heat/SA State Final


4PM - 6PM


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.