Class Clowns 2019: <br>NSW State Final

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Class Clowns 2019:
NSW State Final


Lennox Theatre


25 March 2019

Event Type

Live Event

Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Riverside present
NSW State Final

Class Clowns is Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s one-of-a-kind, national comedy competition for teenagers in secondary schools around the country.

Many past participants have gone on to have successful comedy careers as solo stand-up performers, in sketch comedy groups, as writers for prime time television and as producers and directors. Josh Thomas, Tom Ballard, Joel Creasey, Lauren Duong and YouTube superstar Neel Kolhatkar just to name a few!

The Class Clowns competition encourages teens ages 14 to 18 with a talent for comedy to unleash their comic voice. This can be through stand-up, sketch or musical comedy – any format goes as long as it is only 3 – 5 minutes long!

In 2019, the Sydney Heat will be at Monkey Baa Theatre, Darling Quarter on Thursday 14 March. Successful participants will go on to perform in the NSW State Final at Riverside and from there, the winners go through to the National Grand Final held at the prestigious Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April 2019 to battle it out for a chance to win $1,500 for themselves and a $1,000 comedy workshop package for their school!

Hosted by Dane Simpson, book your tickets and support the young rising comedic talents of Western Sydney.

If you are interested in a comedy crash course workshop at your school please email


Dates & Times:
Monday 25 March
Participant Workshop/Rehearsal from 4pm – 6pm

Registration is free for school student. For more information and to register visit

Riverside Theatres


Dates & Times:
Monday 25 March at 7pm

All tickets $15

Riverside Theatres

Photo by Jim Lee



Download the curriculum links here: Class Clowns – Curriculum Links


Download Riverside’s risk assessment here: Riverside’s Risk Assessment Details

Download a generic sample risk assessment here: Generic Sample Risk Assessment


Download information about access at Riverside here: Access at Riverside

Dane Simpson is one of Australia’s rapidly rising stars. He has toured around Australia doing various comedy shows. He has appeared on ABC’s Comedy UpLate. In 2018, He starred in the hit standup comedy show Aborigi-LOL which sold out its entire season at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival – and he also appeared on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala. At the end of 2018 he toured Western Australia with his variety show Great Danes. Dane Simpson performed at the Commonwealth Games Festival and you might have seen him on Have You Been Paying Attention?. In 2019 Dane will be back with his hit show Aborigi-LOL at Perth FringeWorld and Adelaide Fringe and will be performing his first solo show Origins at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

‘A brilliant highlight’ – The Age
‘Massively talented’ – Time Out
‘Dane Simpson is proving that the best comedy can be found in the most genuine human experiences’ – Daily Advertiser

Fun facts
* There is a sizeable mural of Dane on the side of a Wagga building alongside soccer champion Jada Whyman.
* His Mum, now retired, use to lecture in Indigenous Education at Melbourne University and was a teaching fellow at Charles Sturt University.
* His Dad holds the Wagga record for most finger clicks in a minute and owns a didgeridoo with pictures of Michael Jackson painted on it.
* Dane hosted a Harry Potter themed trivia night dressed as Ron Weasley (picture it for a second).


Major Performance History
2019 Adelaide Fringe – Aborigi-LOL
2019 Perth Fringe World – Sold out shows – Aborigi-LOL
2019 NRL Indigenous All Stars Camp
2018 Geraldine Hickey’s Max Headroom Comedy Special – 3RRR
2018 Sydney Fringe Festival – Rough Draft
2018 Melbourne Fringe Festival – Aborigi-LOL
2018 The Gold Coast XXI Commonwealth Games Festival
2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala
2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival show – Aborigi-LOL Sold out Season
2018 Have You Been Paying Attention? – Channel 10
2018 Fearless Comedy Gala (Canberra Theatre Centre)
2018 Falls Festival – Marion Bay
2018 Get Krack!n – ABC
2018 The Merger – Featured Extra
2017 Aboriginal Advancement League Inc – 60th Anniversary Festival
2017 Gateway Health Multicultural Clinic
2017 Blackout Comedy Night – Wagga Wagga/Albury (Producer/Performer)
2017 Floriade – Nightfest
2017 Fearless Comedy Gala (Canberra Theatre Centre)
2017 Wagga Wagga Comedy Festival – Wagga Wagga vs Canberra (Producer/Performer)
2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow (18 shows across regional VIC)
2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Sold out season – Aborigi-LOL
2017 ABC TV – Comedy Up Late
2017 Reconciliation Gala (Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne)
2017 Falls Festival – Lorne
2016 Blackout Comedy Night – Wagga Wagga/Albury (Producer/Performer)
2016 Fearless Comedy Gala (Canberra Theatre Centre)
2016 NSW State Lands Councils Conference
2016 Wagga Wagga Comedy Festival – Riverina Comedy Club (Producer/Performer)
2016 Melbourne International Comedy Festival Sell out shows – Aborigi-LOL
2016 Aboriginal Comedy AllStars tour (48 shows across regional SA, VIC, NSW, QLD, NT and WA)
2015 Deadly Funny competition, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, NSW winner

Ticket Options

Registration (Through Class Clowns direct) $Free
Audience Tickets $15
Transaction fees apply
Phone $4.60
Web $3.60
Counter $2.60
School Bookings $3.30


1 hour (No interval)

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