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Deadly Funny

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.

INFORMATION   |   EVENT CALENDAR   |   REGISTER TO COMPETE   

2019 Deadly Funny National Final Front row: Kylan Ambrum, Cy Fahey, Fabian Woods, Tyler Saunders (guest artist), Luca Saunders (guest artist), Leon Filewood (guest artist), Kevin Kropinyeri (judge), Allara Briggs-Pattison (Dhungala Baarka, guest artist). Back row: Dave Human, Micah Kickett, Maryanne Johns, Trent Wilson, Steph Tisdell, Ian Bennell, Kasey Johnson, Yvette Holt, Sam Simmons (judge), Maggie Walsh, Celia Pacquola (judge), Jay Wymarra, Nancy Bates (Dhungala Baarka, guest artist), Caroline Martin (judge)

Registrations and expressions of interest for the 2020 program are now open!

Fill out the form here to sign up and register your interest to participate in Deadly Funny 2020. More heats will be announced in the up coming months, so check back soon for more or follow us on Facebook to stay up to date!

Entering its 15th year, Deadly Funny has seen the likes of Steph Tisdell, Kevin Kropinyeri, Andy Saunders, Shiralee Hood and Sean Choolburra join the program as both participants and mentors.

With workshops/heats kicking off in December 2019, this national comedy competition is open to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders over the age of 18. Now’s the time for you to get behind the mic and work with some of the country’s best First Nations comedians.

To participate, all you need is 5 minutes of funny material. It’s basically storytelling with a punchline. Sign up, come along, run through your material with a professional comedian in a two-hour workshop, and then you’ll get to jump on stage as part of a public performance – it’s that easy!  

Need more reasons to enter? State winners perform at the 2020 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and compete for the Deadly Funny crown and a $2,000 cash prize!

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 CALENDAR - 2019/2020    
Location Date Times Venue Tickets

Fremantle, WA

Wednesday 4 December 2019 4-6pm Workshop
7pm show
Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street Fremantle

More info & tickets

 

Darwin, NT

TBC

4-6pm Workshop
7pm show

TBC

TBC

 

Brisbane, QLD

TBC

4-6pm Workshop
7pm show

TBC

TBC

 
Sydney, NSW TBC

TBC

TBC TBC

Canberra, ACT

TBC

TBC

TBC

TBC  

Melbourne, VIC

TBC

4-6pm Workshop
7pm show

TBC

TBC  
Adelaide, SA TBC

TBC

TBC TBC  


Congratulations to the 2019 Deadly Funny winner Fabian Woods from Western Australia! 


The 2019 Deadly Funny National Final & Showcase will be on NITV in December 2019.


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