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The Open Mic Comedy Nights List – Melbourne

Practice is essential to a stand-up comedy career. Sure, the School of Hard Knock Knocks stand-up comedy course will allow you to hit the ground running, but even we acknowledge that it’s still…

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The Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2017

IF YOU’RE NOT FROM MELBOURNE or you are, but have never left the house because you believe exam results are more important than a personality, then there’s a slight chance that…

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How to Deal with a Heckler

PARKING INSPECTORS AND COMEDIANS have one thing in common – abuse from the general public. No matter how good your jokes, no matter how many friends you have in the audience, one day you will…

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How to Remember your Stand-up Comedy Set

YOU KNOW EACH JOKE BY HEART. You’ve practiced a hundred times. But still, there you are, staring at the sea of faces from the stage, with a metaphorical tumbleweed rolling through your head.…

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How do You Write a Joke?

THERE’S MANY WAYS TO write a joke. At the School of Hard Knock Knocks stand-up comedy course, we teach three. The one that we’ll share on this blog, is our favourite joke structure…

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Could You be the Next Nelson Twins?

THE SHORT ANSWER IS ‘NO’ – unless you have a twin and your dad’s name surname is Nelson. But we weren’t talking literally, were we? We were talking metaphorically…

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Why would you become a stand-up comedian?

BUNGEE JUMPING, PARACHUTING and stand-up comedy. These are possibly the three most legally terrifyingly activities that one can do today, and yet, with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in…

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The 3 Types of Stand-up Comedy Course Students

THERE’S THREE TYPES OF PEOPLE who enrol in a stand-up comedy course, at the School of Hard Knock Knocks here in Melbourne. Those that want to be a stand-up comedian, those that have a bucket…

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Why Melbourne is the Stand-up Comedy Centre of Australia

THERE’S A STATUE OF BURKE AND WILLS at the corner of Collins and Swanston Streets, right next to the Melbourne Town Hall – the centre of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.…

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5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Stand-up Comedy

IF YOU ARE READING THIS, then chances are you like, nay, you love stand-up comedy. You love its rawness, its randomness, combined with the closeness you feel, of having a one-on-one conversation.…

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Stand-up Comedy School with Ben Horowitz

JOIN VETERAN COMEDIAN, BEN HOROWITZ on March 20 to 24, at the Limerick Arms Hotel, in South Melbourne for five days of stand-up comedy training that culminates in your very own five-minute stand-up…

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Why Should You Learn Stand-up?

THERE’S MANY REASONS WHY you might be signing up for five evenings of stand-up comedy training. So which category do you fit into? The Future Comic The most obvious reason is that you want to…

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Know Your Audience in Comedy

A COMEDIAN COULD KILL ON ONE NIGHT, but bomb on another, with the only difference being the audience. Conducting an AUDIENCE analysis is one way of preparing before the big gig. Here’s the…

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Building Confidence in Stand-up Comedy

STAND-UP COMEDY CAN BE TERRIFYING. Jim Jefferies compares it to acting, stating that acting is “harder than a lot of things in life, but it’s not as hard as stand-up comedy.” If a…

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Generating Ideas for Comedy

JUST ABOUT ANY TOPIC is open for a comedian, but there is one thing you must not do – and that’s steal another comedian’s material. Even if you do steal a joke, it’s unlikely…

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