Deadly Funny



Now in its 7th year, Deadly Funny is the only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comedy program for Australia’s traditional owners.

Unearthing and recognizing bright and bold new talent in regions around the country Deadly Funny runs workshops (facilitated by professional comedians) to expand and develop performance skills – and handpick performers to be a part of the National Showcase in April each year during the Comedy Festival.                      

Previous Grand Final winners of the Deadly Funny competition are Tristan Savage, Kevin Kropinyeri, Shiralee Hood, Mia Standford and Denise McGuinness.


For more information, to participate or host a workshop in your area call us on (03) 9245 3700 or email Daniel Moore



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The newest kid on the block, Deadly Funny Kids is a comedy workshop program for Indigenous youth.  Aimed at developing comedy and expressive skills, Deadly Funny Kids can also be a platform to our other development programs Class Clowns, RAW or Deadly Funny.   


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WHAT? Fun, engaging ‘crash course in comedy’ workshops involving games, improvisation, story telling, joke writing and performance

WHO? Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders aged 12 to 18 – in groups of up to 25

WHERE? In secondary schools, performing arts and community centres around the country – get in touch with us to see if we are coming to a town near you!


  • Work with professional comedians
  • Build confidence and creative skills
  • To LOL and ROFL
  • Strengthen cultural identity and self-expression
Prue Upton

In 2012 we joined forces with Kurruru Youth Performing Arts in South Australia to co-present workshops at Mobfest in Lightning Ridge and in 2013 we’ll be working together again to roll out more fantastic workshops at Blak Nite on 2nd March.

We’ve also held workshops in several NSW regions including Broken Hill, Menindee, Port Macquarie, Sydney and Tamworth:

“It helped me to believe in myself and to look at education in a different way”

“I was shamed first up but by the end of the workshop I didn’t want it to end”
Students, Quirindi High School NSW

"By the end of the session kids were relating well with each other, across year groups. It was the perfect boost to the Indigenous group here”. Owen Laffin, Aboriginal Education Officer - McCarthy Catholic College, NSW

“Fantastic workshop – our students thoroughly enjoyed it and were talking about it for a couple of days after.  I was surprised by how actively many of them were participating.”
Danielle Fellows - Menindee Central School

For more information contact us on (03) 9245 3700 or email Karin Farrell



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