Karen's stand-up comedy debut is Deadly Funny
HAVING a crack at stand-up comedy has always been on Karen Edwards' bucket list, but she didn't think it would lead her to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Since undergoing a kidney transplant 12 years ago Karen has made it her goal to showcase her humour in front of a crowd.
Last weekend the Charleville local put her humour to the test at the Deadly Funny Comedy Festival in Brisbane, knocking six rival men from the podium in the final.
"Not only did I get to tick it off my bucket list, but to win as well... I'm just over the moon," Karen said.
Up until last Friday, Karen had never performed stand-up comedy, but had practiced her routine with her family and friends.
"I knew I'd do well if I had a routine in my head," she said.
"I practiced in front of my family a few times, they tell me how it is and won't sugar coat it."
Drawing comedy from her indigenous background, mainstream humour and sexual innuendo, Karen performed two shows before she was named the winner of the Queensland Deadly Funny Comedy Festival.
"It was a mixture of real humour that people could relate to," Karen said.
Deadly Funny is the only dedicated Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comedy program for Australian traditional owners.
The five heat winners from across Australia will compete in Melbourne next month in the national final and showcase as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Now in preparation for the final in Melbourne, Karen hasn't ruled out performing in her home town.
However she said Charleville will be her harshest critic.
Karen said she would like to further pursue comedy.