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Deadly Funny 2017 registrations now open!


2016 Deadly Funny finalists with host Kevin Kropinyeri and guests Shiralee Hood and Andy Saunders.

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.

Heading into its 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. 

Below is a calendar of workshops/heats happening around Australia. If you live remotely please contact us to discuss options of getting you to a heat!


  • 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

Canberra Heat            

Fri 24 Feb               

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

Tuggeranong Arts Centre
137 Reed Street, Greenway    


Sydney Heat

Sat 25 Feb

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 

Redfern Community Centre
29 - 53 Hugo Street, Redfern 


Perth Heat

Fri 3 Mar

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 

Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle


Hobart Heat

Thu 9 Mar

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 

Salamanca Arts Centre
77 Salamanca Place, Hobart


Adelaide Heat

Sun 12 Mar

1.30-3.30pm (workshop)
4.30pm (performance) 

Tandanya Theatre
253 Grenfell Street, Adelaide


Brisbane Heat

Mon 20 Mar

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 

Citipointe Church
26 Rosemary St, Durack 


Darwin Heat

Thu 23 Mar

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 

Happy Yess
12 Smith Street, Darwin 


Melbourne Heat

Fri 24 Mar

4-6pm (workshop)
7pm (performance) 

Northcote Town Hall
189 High Street, Northcote







National finalists will be announced on Monday 27 March 2017 and selected from heats around the country, to compete for the top prize (and bragging rights) at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival DEADLY FUNNY NATIONAL FINAL & SHOWCASE on 8 April 2017 – hosted by deadly comedians Sean Choolburra, Shiralee Hood, Kevin Kropinyeri and Andy Saunders with a performance by 2016 Winner Jalen Sutcliffe.

For more info email: deadlyfunny@comedyfestival.com.au or call (03) 9245 3700.

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


To be in the audience for the WA Heat in Fremantle, please click here to purchase tix.
For all other states/territories, please click here to reserve your seat in the audience.
To be in the audience for the National Grand Final in Melbourne Saturday 8 April (4.30pm) please click here to purchase tix.


Here is some info on the Deadly Funny 2016 National Grand Final held earlier this year…

Congratulations to the 2016 Deadly Funny winner Jalen Sutcliffe!

The Deadly Funny National Final & Showcase was hosted by Kevin Kropinyeri, with special guests Andy Saunders, Sean Choolburra and Shiralee Hood.

The National Final and Showcase featured amazing performances from all the Deadly National Finalists - Rob Braslin (TAS), Jack Buckskin (SA), Nathan Carter (ACT), Jo Donovan (ACT), Benny Eggmolesse (NSW), Lynette Hubbard (NT), Desley O'Dwyer (VIC), Jalen Sutcliffe (QLD) and Derrick Vale (NSW).

Big congratulations on the night also went to Benny Eggmolesse and Rob Braslin - the recipients of the Deadly Funny mentorships.

Check out the images from the 2016 Deadly Funny National Final and stay connected through the Deadly Funny Facebook page

Click here for videos from the 2016 National Final and Showcase show