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DEADLY FUNNY 

Cheeky and loud, black and proud! The 2018 Deadly Funny National Final & Showcase was hosted by 2017 winner Ghenoa Gela, with special performances by Tyler Saunders and 2016 winner Jalen Sutcliffe. Congratulations to the 2018 Deadly Funny winner Leon Filewood from Queensland! 

The Deadly Funny competition for 2019 will begin in late 2018. Check back here later, or on our Facebook page, for more information 2019 registrations!

INFORMATION   |   EVENT CALENDAR   |   REGISTER TO COMPETE   

2018 finalists: DION WILLIAMS (VIC), DORA SMITH (WA), ELAINE CROMBIE (VIC), JUNE MILLS (NT), KIMBERLY LOVEGROVE (VIC), KYLENE ANDERSON (NSW), KY AMBRUM (QLD), LEON FILEWOOD (QLD), MAGGIE WALSH (QLD), MICHAEL NAAWI (VIC), RICHIE FEJO (NT) and WILLIAM MAKIN (ACT) with host GHENOA GELA (2017 Deadly Funny Winner) and special guest artist JALEN SUTCLIFFE (2016 Deadly Funny Winner).

Registrations for the 2019 competition will open later in the year. Keep an eye on this page, and join us on Facebook, for more information.

Cheeky and loud, black and proud, Deadly Funny is Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s national comedy competition unearthing the freshest and funniest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent from across the country. Local heats for the 2019 competition kick off in late 2018, and will also feature a star-studded comedy line-up of Australia’s best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comedians.

Heading in to its 13th year, Deadly Funny is a significant and vibrant part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This one-of-a-kind comedy event is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 and over.

To participate, 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 travels to Melbourne for the National Grand Final, where $2000 is up for grabs!

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
DEADLY FUNNY 2018 COMPETITION HEATS BELOW.  2019 HEATS TO BE ANNOUNCED! 
Location Date Times Venue Tickets

Adelaide Heat

Wed 1 Nov 2017     

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 


Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre
North Terrace, Adelaide
   

 

Past event

Perth Heat

Thu 2 Nov 2017

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 


Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle
 

 

Past event

Sydney Heat

Thu 9 Nov 2017

4-6pm (workshop)      
7pm (performance) 


Redfern Community Centre
29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern
 

 

Past event

Melbourne Heat   

Fri 10 Nov 2017

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 


Northcote Town Hall
189 High Street, Northcote
 

 

Past event

Brisbane Heat

Mon 13 Nov 2017

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 


Citipointe Church
26 Rosemary Street, Durack
 

 

Past event

Canberra Heat

Fri 17 Nov 2017

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 


Tuggeranong Arts Centre
137 Reid Street, Greenway
 

  Past event
Alice Springs Workshop Sun 3 Dec 2017


2-4pm (workshop) 
7pm (performance) 
 

Totem Theatre, Anzac Oval Reserve,
Undoolya Rd, Alice Springs
  Past event

Darwin Heat Heat

 

Thur 1 Mar 2018

4-6pm (workshop)
6pm (public performance)

Happy Yess, 12 Smith Street, Darwin, NT

  Past event
Port Augusta Heat Sun 4 Mar 2018

3-5pm (Workshop)
6pm (Public Performance)

52 Commercial Road,
Port Augusta, 5700, SA
  Past event

TAS Heats

TBC

TBC


TBC
 

 

Past event


Interested in our comedy workshop program for Indigenous young people aged 12 to 18? Click here for more info on Deadly Funny Kids.