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Leon Filewood & Ben Moodie Acknowledge Diss

Leon Filewood & Ben Moodie Acknowledge Diss

Get ready for 50 minutes of not just laughter, but seismic truth-telling!

Acknowledge Diss delivers uproarious truth bombs as two First Nation comedians dismantle racial double standards with razor-sharp wit. Hilarious, insightful and thought-provoking, this show challenges perspectives on First Nations life in Australia, leaving audiences laughing and questioning societal norms.

Acknowledge Diss stars Leon Filewood, Melbourne International Comedy Festival's 2018 Deadly Funny National Winner, who made the headline "Leon Wins then Spews"! (Yes ladies and gentlemen, he is all class). While Ben Moodie, the 2021 Deadly Funny runner-up, 2022 Finalist and current Victorian Deadly Funny heat winner, will rock the stage with witty confidence – and a striking juxtaposition in his suit and TN combo!

They're not just committing faux pas and breaking fashion norms, they're smashing through societal standards with laughter!

Get ready for a night that's part revolution, part riotous revelation – because Acknowledge Diss is not just comedy, it's an unforgettable experience you won't want to miss! #AcknowledgeDiss #ComedyRevolution #winsthenspews


Suitable for audiences 18+

This show contains: Occasional coarse language, Political, religious or racial themes.


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