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2016 Deadly Funny finalists with host Kevin Kropinyeri and guests Shiralee Hood and Andy Saunders.

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. Registrations for the 2017 competition will open in late 2016. Watch this space!


  • 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

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 2016 National Grand Final held earlier this year…

Congratulations to the 2016 Deadly Funny winner Jalen Sutcliffe!

The Deadly Funny National Final & Showcase was hosted by Kevin Kropinyeri, with special guests Andy Saunders, Sean Choolburra and Shiralee Hood.

The National Final and Showcase featured amazing performances from all the Deadly National Finalists - Rob Braslin (TAS), Jack Buckskin (SA), Nathan Carter (ACT), Jo Donovan (ACT), Benny Eggmolesse (NSW), Lynette Hubbard (NT), Desley O'Dwyer (VIC), Jalen Sutcliffe (QLD) and Derrick Vale (NSW).

Big congratulations on the night also went to Benny Eggmolesse and Rob Braslin - the recipients of the Deadly Funny mentorships.

Check out the images from the 2016 Deadly Funny National Final and stay connected through the Deadly Funny Facebook page

Click here for videos from the 2016 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.