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

Cheeky and loud, black and proud, Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s national comedy competition unearths the freshest, fiercest and funniest Indigenous talent from around the country. A trip to Melbourne and $2000 is up for grabs! Deadly Funny is always a significant and vibrant event.

Heading into its 10th year, this one-of-a-kind comedy competition is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 and over. All you have to do is have up to 5 minutes of funny material. It’s basically storytelling with a punchline!

Entrants will take part in a private workshop with a professional comedian, followed by a public live performance. Special guest judges will decide who goes on to perform in the national grand final during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Below is the calendar of workshops/heats happening around Australia. If you live remotely please contact us to discuss options of getting you to a heat!

WA                   Thurs 18 Feb 2016           Cygnet Cinema    

4.30pm - 6.30pm Workshop
7.30pm Performance
 

SA Fri 19 Feb 2016 Tandanya Theatre

4pm - 6pm Workshop
7pm Performance
 

VIC Thurs 25 Feb 2016 Northcote Town Hall

4pm - 6pm Workshop
7pm Performance
 

QLD Fri 26 Feb 2016 Aboriginal Centre of Performing Arts             

5pm - 7pm Workshop
8pm Performance
 

NSW Sat 27 Feb 2016 Redfern Community Centre

4pm - 6pm Workshop
7pm Performance
 

ACT Fri 11 Mar 2016 Tuggeranong Arts Centre

4pm - 6pm Workshop
7pm Performance
 

TAS Tues 8 Mar 2016 Salamanca Arts Centre

4pm - 6pm Workshop
7pm Performance
 

NT Thurs 17 Mar 2016 Happy Yess

4.30pm - 6.30pm Workshop
7.30pm Performance

TO REGISTER AS A PARTICIPANT IN A HEAT PLEASE CLICK HERE

YOU CAN BE IN THE AUDIENCE FOR FREE!! TO RESERVE SEATS AS AN AUDIENCE MEMBER AT A HEAT/STATE FINAL PLEASE CLICK HERE 

Rules:

  • Open to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders aged 18 and over (if you are under 18 go to classclowns.com.au)
  • 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 on APRIL 16 – supported by a deadly host and very special feature acts.  

For more information on the 2016 competition or for more info email: deadlyfunny@comedyfestival.com.au or call (03) 9245 3700.

Here is some info on the Deadly Funny 2015 National Grand Final held earlier this year…

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.

Check out the images from the 2015 Deadly Funny National Final and stay connected through the Deadly Funny Facebook page

Click here for videos from the 2014 National Final and Showcase show

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: deadlyfunny@comedyfestival.com.au or call (03) 9245 3700.