Nundah Teen Kate Kindleysides Gets Top Prize at Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Class Clowns

Kate Kindleysides
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Nundah local Kate Kindleysides has emerged as the winner of the highly anticipated 27th annual Class Clowns National Grand Final, an event held as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2023.

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At just 16 years old and a student at Northside Christian College in Everton Park, Kindleysides captivated the judges with her impeccable dry wit, commanding stage presence, and unwavering confidence. 


As the deserving winner, Kindleysides was bestowed with a substantial cash prize of $1,500, a coveted $1,000 workshop package for her school, and the illustrious Class Clowns trophy.

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About the Class Clowns Program

Far beyond a mere competition, the Class Clowns program affords participants in Years 9 to 12 exclusive access to seasoned comedians who serve as mentors. 

This unique opportunity allows aspiring young talents to engage in workshops and showcase their comedic prowess before live audiences at local, state, and national levels.

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This year’s edition witnessed a staggering turnout of over 150 contenders from all corners of Australia, each vying for a spot in the heats and state finals. Ultimately, 15 finalists comprising 12 acts were selected from across the nation, gracing the stage in front of a captivated audience and a distinguished panel of industry experts. 

Their performances encompassed a wide range of comedic styles, including stand-up, sketch, and parody, as they battled it out for the highly coveted title of the funniest teenagers in the country.

The eagerly anticipated 2023 Grand Final event took place at the prestigious Forum Melbourne and was expertly hosted by the talented Lizzy Hoo. The evening was further enlivened by a special guest performance from the acclaimed comedian, Sam Campbell. 

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In addition to Kate Kindleysides, the judging panel recognised the exceptional comedic talents of three outstanding runners-up: Kevin Farrell, Jarvis Watson, and Jahrahn Neal-Yeatman (The Wrong Country) from St Teresa’s College Abergowrie; Max Simpfendorfer from Trinity Grammar School in Victoria; and Rebecca Elphicke from Alfred Deakin High School in ACT. 

Published 12-May-2023