Deadly Funny 2012

Deadly Funny is Australia's only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comedy program for Australia's traditional owners.

Deadly Funny is a development initiative of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, now in its 5th year.

Previous National Grand Final winners are Tristan Savage, Kevin Kropinyeri, Shiralee Hood, Mia Stanford and Denise McGuinness.

Deadly Funny, Laugh Your MOOM off!

For more information call us on 03 9245 3700 or email Adam Sharah on



What is it?

Deadly Funny Kids is a 'crash course in comedy' workshop program for Indigenous students in secondary school (aged approximately 13-17 years old) around the country. Its vision is to provide opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenagers to have a positive in-school experience and touch on educational objectives such as literacy and collaboration through interactive workshops, using humour to communicate ideas and stories.


  • To provide Indigenous teenagers in metropolitan and rural areas with opportunities to work with professional comedians
  • To encourage a fun, positive and engaging arts experience that promotes self-confidence as well as creativity
  • To support the development of young Indigenous people finding their own voice through artistic expression
  • To assist the meeting of educational outcomes such as retention, literacy, communication and analytical skills
  • To provide opportunities for those who would like to explore further performance opportunities or competitions such as Class Clowns or RAW

What are we currently doing?

Thanks to a grant from Arts NSW we are piloting the Deadly Funny Kids workshop program in several schools around the state in Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Sydney and the Broken Hill and Menindee regions.

In these workshops groups of up to 25 Indigenous students worked on joke writing, story telling, sketch and physical forms of comedy in a fun, relaxed and interactive workshop environment.

Short performances in small groups allowed for feedback and discussion of each others ideas and skills.

Contact our Education and Development Programs Producer, Karin Farrell for more info or call (03) 9245 3700.