Stand-up comedian

The Aboriginal stand-up comedians cracking up Australia

Melbourne's International Comedy Festival first held its Deadly Funny competition in 2007 and The Deadly Funnies have helped to sustain the genre.

More recently we've have TV shows like Black Comedy8MMM, and Comedy Up Late

Study finds stand-up comedians die younger

The Australian Catholic University (ACU) study, published in the International Journal of Cardiology also found, among comedians, the funniest of the bunch seem to have the shortest life, on average, of all.

"What we found was striking," Professor Simon Stewart from ACU's Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research said.

"On average, their life span was three years less than dramatic actors.