Andy Saunders and his newly invited co-host Judith Lucy will now join an exciting line up finalists and guests on stage at The Forum Theatre this Saturday to make room for more punters with Spiegeltent tickets for the Deadly Funny National Final and Showcase selling out.

Cheeky and loud, black and proud, the competition unearths and recognises bright and bold new talent from all over the country, and 2015 will be the biggest National Final and Showcase yet, with this venue change a clear indication of its popularity.

A name synonymous with Australian comedy, Judith Lucy joins the Deadly Funny event after being back on stage with her first new solo show at Melbourne International Comedy Festival since 2012 ‘Ask No Questions Of The Moth’, and will now finish off the Festival season with co-host Andy Saunders (WhiteBLACKatcha) and special guests including Kevin Kropinyeri, Sean Choolburra, Shiralee Hood, Matt Ford and Mia Stanford this Saturday at the Spiegeltent for the 2015 final and showcase of the only dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comedy program for Australia’s traditional owners. The show will also feature a performance by YouTube sensation Djuki Mala.

Supported by these Deadly guest comedians, five heat winners selected from a series of workshops and heats in Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Sydney and Brisbane will compete for a $2,000 cash prize and the coveted title.

Some of Australia’s most successful comedians including Dave O’Neil, Matt Okine, and Sean Choolburra have offered up their tips and advice on how to develop performance techniques before hopeful performers have taken to the stage in front of live audiences around the nation.

The country’s favourite Indigenous comedians including Tristan Savage, Kevin Kropinyeri, Shiralee Hood, Mia Stanford and Denise McGuinness have taken the title since the competition began in 2007.

2014 Deadly Funny National Final winner, Stephanie Tisdell, who is currently in the UK testing the international comedy waters, said “Deadly Funny was absolutely fantastic. I had so much fun and got to interact with some amazing comedians. The competition affirmed to me my love for comedy and spurred me on to take things further!”

Don’t miss the deadliest show in this year’s Comedy Festival. With a story-telling culture spanning over 60,000 years, Deadly Funny celebrates the wealth of talent coming from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comics.

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