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Deadly Funny

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


The Deadly Funny National Final & Showcase will air on NITV on Monday 17 September at 8.30pm! Be sure to follow Deadly Funny on Facebook and sign up to the Festival's e-news for further updates.

Expressions of interest for Deadly Funny are now open! Click here for more info on registering for a workshop/to compete.

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).

Expression of interest for Deadly Funny are now open. Click here to register your interest and make sure you follow us on Facebook to stay up to date with news and announcements. Workshop / heat dates are yet to be announced, so please indicate which city is your preference and we will be in touch shortly to confirm date, time and venue.

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 into its 14th 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 $2,000 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 COMPETITION HEAT DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
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Alice Springs Workshop TBC

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Darwin Heat Heat

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Port Augusta Heat TBC

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