Deadly Funny is proudly presented by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

The biggest First Nations comedy showcase in Australia is hitting all corners of the nation with a series of workshops and heats in late 2023/early 2024.

This year’s Perth Deadly Funny heat will be hosted by 2008 Deadly Funny winner Kevin Kropinyeri. Come join us for a laugh as we catch the future generation of stars before they become the next big thing.

Cheeky, loud, black and proud – the competition is deadlier than ever in its 18th year, with a series of heats in over twenty communities across the continent and a massive $11,000 in prize money to be shared. Heats kicked off in September 2023 and will run all the way through to March 2024, in Bairnsdale, Brisbane, Canberra, Cherbourg, Darwin, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney, Adelaide, Bunbury and Geraldton, with more dates still to be announced. All state and territory winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize and be flown to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2024 where they have the chance to compete for the National Deadly Funny title and a $3,000 cash prize.

Deadly Funny has seen the likes of Steph Tisdell, Andy Saunders, Shiralee Hood, Dane Simpson, Elaine Crombie and Sean Choolburra as both participants and mentors.

Tickets are limited, so don’t miss the funniest night in Walyalup | Fremantle with a group of WA’s best emerging Aboriginal comics – laughs guaranteed!

Or perhaps you’re ready to get behind the mic?

An extraordinary opportunity not to be missed, now is the time to get behind the mic and bring your very own Deadly Funny to the stage.

‘It’s really for black fellas to make sure we’ve got comedians that are relatable to all of Australia and to those parts of Australia that really need humour the most.’
Steph Tisdell, 2014 Winner

‘Do it. Just do it, that’s all I can say. I’m 70 years old, and I’ve taken up comedy at the age of 70. Just do it!’
Maureen French, 2022 National Finalist

‘You might have your differences with people but if you see that person laugh at a joke with you, you feel automatically connected.’
Dora Smith, 2022 National Finalist

Deadly Funny is supported in NSW by La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council and Muloobinba Aboriginal Corporation; in QLD by Cherbourg Regional Aboriginal & Islander Community Controlled Health Services; in WA by South West Aboriginal Medical Services; and in VIC by Gippsland & East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-Operative Ltd. The Deadly Funny program is proudly supported by media partner 3KND.

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