• 'Is Racism the New Black' producer, Jason Tamiru.
Indigenous comedians have used humour to combat racism as part of the Lowitja Institute's week-long congress in Melbourne.
24 Mar 2014 - 4:45 PM  UPDATED 27 Jun 2015 - 2:50 PM

Director Richard Frankland has used discrimination as the basis of his latest work, 'Is Racism the New Black'.

He is hoping to laugh his way into the industry and increase the number of Indigenous comics.

"You know exploring discrimination with comedy...has been done by every culture in the world I think" said Mr Frankland.

"I think the doorway is slowly opening for Aboriginal people and Islander people to step into the comedic world with a bit more force than we've been let in the past."

Producer Jason Tamiru says the underlying themes will resonate with most Australians.

"We all know about racism, it's something that’s prevalent for all our mob and also other people out there," said Mr Tamiru.

"People always talk about it in Australia, how it isn't a racist country, well it may not be a 100 per cent racist but there is some racism here."