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Deadly Funny


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

Tickets now on sale for 2018 National Grand Final and Showcase! Come see some of the freshest, fiercest and funniest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent from right around the country as they battle it out for the crown. Click here for all details.

Registrations for the 2018 competition are now open! Click here to register.

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 2018 competition kick off in November 2017, and will also feature a star-studded comedy line-up of Australia’s best Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comedians.

Heading in to its 12th 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!


  • Open to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders aged 18 and over (if you are under 18 go to
  • 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
Location Date Times Venue Tickets

Adelaide Heat

Wed 1 Nov 2017     

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 

Nexus Arts, Lion Arts Centre
North Terrace, Adelaide


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Perth Heat

Thu 2 Nov 2017

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 

Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle


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Sydney Heat

Thu 9 Nov 2017

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

Redfern Community Centre
29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern


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Melbourne Heat   

Fri 10 Nov 2017

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 

Northcote Town Hall
189 High Street, Northcote


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Brisbane Heat

Mon 13 Nov 2017

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 

Citipointe Church
26 Rosemary Street, Durack


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Canberra Heat

Fri 17 Nov 2017

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
137 Reid Street, Greenway

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Alice Springs Workshop Sun 3 Dec 2017

2-4pm (workshop) 
7pm (performance) 

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

Darwin Heat Heat


Thur 1 Mar 2018

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

Happy Yess, 12 Smith Street, Darwin, NT

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Port Augusta Heat Sun 4 Mar 2018

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

52 Commercial Road,
Port Augusta, 5700, SA
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TAS Heats






Click here to register for a 2018 Deadly Funny heat

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

Deadly Funny 2017

The 2017 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. Congratulations to the 2017 Deadly Funny winner Ghenoa Gela!

Click here for more videos from the 2017 National Final and Showcase. You can also check out the images from the 2017 Deadly Funny National Final and stay connected through the Deadly Funny Facebook page.