Melbourne International Comedy Festival acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live. We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' spirit, imagination and rich history of storytelling and humour that is an inspiration to all Australians.



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NAIDOC Week: First Nations Celebrations in Comedy

NAIDOC Week is a week of observance, thought and celebration of the history, culture and achievements of Australia’s Traditional Owners. A week of celebrating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' spirit, imagination and rich history of storytelling and humour that continues to be an inspiration to all Australians. 

With so many events happening around the internet all week, we've compiled a snapshot of some that the comedy, Deadly Funny and wider community are participating in. 

To start with, a massive five-day program of with Australia's first indigenous Morning TV show, Big Mob Brekky screening on NITV every morning of NAIDOC Week, featuring guest appearances from the likes of Sean Choolburra as well as an exceptional line-up of First Nations talent right throughout the week. If simply the mention of Sean gets you in the mood for some dance, heats and finals for Dance Rites (a celebration of First Nations dance) will be featured as part of the Sydney Opera House's Digital Program.

A huge shoutout goes to Elaine Crombie, Deadly Funny 2018 finalist, who hosts Stuff Everyone Should Know About Australia – a 10 play documentary web series that’s all about busting myths and celebrating truths – dropping throughout the week.

Our good mate Steph Tisdell is in for a busy few days, popping into numerous events across the week. She will join Aaron Fa'aoso as host of SBS & NITV big NAIDOC 2020 concert, feature on Come LOL with the deadly Steph Tisdell this Wednesday, and be a guest panellist on our very own Deadly Funny Women: In Conversation live on Facebook on Friday, along with Karla Hart and 2017/18 Deadly Funny finalist Kimmie Lovegrove.

Speaking of Kimmie Lovegrove, this Saturday, she joins the panel for Indiginerd a discussion on First Nations representation and creativity in the world of pop culture.

We are also taking this week as a chance to spotlight a wide array of First Nations comedians on our YouTube channel. So if you're looking for your new deadly favourite, or want to laugh along to the unique stories, head to our channel!

This however, is just a small selection of the plethora of events happening all week. Head over to the NAIDOC Week website and have a browse and celebrate the oldest culture in the world.