Melbourne International Comedy Festival acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live. We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' spirit, imagination and rich history of storytelling and humour that is an inspiration to all Australians.

We accept the invitation to walk together with First Nations people towards a more positive future for Australia, as described in the Uluru Statement From The Heart.

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Deadly Funny Kids

The newest kid on the (development) block, Deadly Funny Kids is a comedy workshop program for Indigenous young people aged 12 to 18 that can be held in schools or local performing arts/community centres. 

Aimed at developing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teens comedy skills the program also focuses on building confidence and strengthen positive cultural identity. Deadly Funny Kids can also be a platform to our other development programs Class Clowns, RAW and Deadly Funny.

Here’s some of the places we’ve been – and what people have said about their experience!

MOBfest (Lightning Ridge), Blak Nite (Adelaide), Wominjeka Festival (Footscray Community Arts), Palm Island QLD, NAIDOC week celebrations. 

We’ve also visited schools all over the country - Quirindi High School, Sydney Secondary College, South Sydney High School, Westport High School (Port Macquarie), McCarthy Catholic College (Emu Plains), Broken Hill High School, Melville High School (Kempsey), Menindee Central School and Redbank Plains State High School (QLD).

We’ve also done some musical comedy workshops with Songlines as a part of their school holiday program. 

“It helped me to believe in myself and to look at education in a different way”

“I was shamed first up but by the end of the workshop I didn’t want it to end”

(Students from Quirindi High School, NSW)

“By the end of the session kids were relating well with each other, across year groups.  It was the perfect boost to the Indigenous group here”

(Owen Laffin, AEO, McCarthy Catholic College, NSW)

For more information on Deadly Funny Kids workshops give us a call on (03) 9245 3700 or email Tom Dickins