This Blak comedy tour spreads healing through humour
We live in strange times. The world as we know it needs some love and happiness. Or at least four cheeky stand-up comics with a penchant for adventure…
In September 2022 the Deadly Darwin Mob hit the road for a quick tour down the guts of the Territory with shows in Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. Next month, April 2023, they take to the skies to have a laugh in Nhulunbuy, for the next leg of the Deadly Darwin Goes Walkabout tour!
Deadly Darwin was established in 2018 with founding members Normie Grogan, Micha Kickett, Desmo Lewis and Richard Fejo, who decided to create the Darwin-based group of Indigenous stand-up comedians to use comedy and the skills of stand-up performance as a tool of empowerment for Indigenous people.
“We believe laughter is the best medicine,” says Richie Harrison. “There is a lot of healing that needs to be undertaken today and we believe we are the ones to do it,” adds Richard Fejo.
On each tour, The Deadly Darwin Mob also host free workshops, using ” blak humour, to change blak minds,” according to Richard Fejo.
Each of the performers has a close association either personal or professional with the topic of mental health and is on a quest to utilise the tools of stand-up skills as life skills. This deadly team of stand-comedians is passionate about making a positive impact through humour.
Cast & crew
Deadly Darwin Performers
“I love making people happy which is why I love performing”.
Richard is a Larrakia man from Darwin who has performed as a comedian since 2018. He is a cofounder of Deadly Darwin. Richard joined Deadly Darwin in 2019 when the group was established winning the Deadly Funny for the NT in the same year and went on to performed at the Deadly Funny National competition.
In 2020 he performed with the comedy group Ebony & Ivory at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.
As well as being the Chairman of Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation, Richard trains medical professionals arriving in the Northern Territory into the diverse complexities and challenges faced in Indigenous Health.
“I enjoy bringing a smile to the face of others because laughter is the best medicine”.
Richie is a proud Gunai Kurnai man from East Gippsland Victoria who joined Deadly Darwin in late 2021. As a man living with mental illness, Richie is passionate about using humour to provide strength and healing on his own journey, as well as to support his audience who may be battling with mental health themselves.
“I think Healing through humour is a natural thing for us”
James is a proud Larrakia and Waramungu man and Community Legal Educator for the North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) where he also worked on the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory.
Paul Seden is a born and bred Territorian, and descendant of the Wuthathi and Muralag people of North Queensland. Paul uses his great story telling talent, not only on stage as a stand-up comedian but as a published writer and illustrator of children’s books with a wonderful Territory twist.
Paul won the Darwin Comedy Cup in 2020 and the Deadly Darwin Comedy Competition in 2021.
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