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Deadly Funny

2017 Deadly Funny finalists with hosts Sean Choolburra, Shiralee Hood, Kevin Kropinyeri and Andy Saunders, with a special guest Jalen Sutcliffe.

The Deadly Funny program for the 2017 festival has now finished. To get up to date information on upcoming dates like the Deadly Funny facebook page here

Cheeky and loud, black and proud, Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s national comedy competition unearths the freshest, fiercest and funniest Indigenous talent from around the country. A trip to Melbourne and $2000 is up for grabs! Deadly Funny is always a significant and vibrant event.

Having just completed it's 11th year, this one-of-a-kind comedy competition is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 18 and over. 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 goes on to perform in the national grand final during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. 


  • 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

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

Here is some info on the Deadly Funny 2017 National Grand Final held earlier this year…

Congratulations to the 2017 Deadly Funny winner Ghenoa Gela!

The Deadly Funny National Final & Showcase was hosted by Sean Choolburra, Shiralee Hood, Kevin Kropinyeri and Andy Saunders, with a special performance by 2016 winner Jalen Sutcliffe.

The National Final and Showcase featured amazing performances from all the Deadly National Finalists - Benny Eggmolese (QLD), Corey Bobongie (QLD), Darren Clinch (VIC), Dion Williams (VIC), Ghenoa Gela (NSW), Gregg Andrews (NSW), Jarrod McDonald (VIC), Kiara Milera (SA), Kimberley Lovegrove (VIC), Marlene Scerri (VIC), Martin Adams (NT), Michael Vincent (NSW), Raymond Rankin (QLD), Tony Petrillo (SA).

Check out the images from the 2017 Deadly Funny National Final and stay connected through the Deadly Funny Facebook page

Click here for videos from the 2017 National Final and Showcase show