May 21 – 25, 2017  SOLD OUT

Imperial, South Yarra

THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCK KNOCKS (SHKK) 5-evening stand-up comedy course runs from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from May 21 to 25. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from a 16 year veteran of the comedy circuit – Ben Horowitz, as well as guest comedians.

PRICES:

Student and Concession – $280

Early Bird – $320 (before May 10 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $450 (2 people)

Full Fee – $560

Day 1 – Sunday: The Basics & Finding yourself

Introduction to the basics of stand-up comedy and the jargon of the comedic industry before launching into the deep end with your very own mini set.

Day 2 – Monday: Your Audience and Taboos

Learn to gauge your audience and how to recognise and manage taboo topics while learning confidence building/ fear smashing techniques.

Day 3: Tuesday – The opener (With guest comedian)

Learn to write a strong open to your comedy set. Tonight students will also have the opportunity to refine some of their own writing with our guest comedian.

Day 4: Wednesday – The Heckler and The Closer

Practice delivering your set as well as building skills to deal with the dreaded (or welcomed) heckler before polishing a strong close to your set ready for tomorrow’s graduation ceremony.

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Receive your own full colour #SHKK manual, filled with advice, jokes and links to videos, as well as a video of your final performance.

Day 5: Thursday – Graduation Night and Performance 
(with guest comedian)

The moment you have been working toward! Perform your stand-up comedy routine in front of family and friends, conquer your fears and perform alongside Ben Horowitz, and two other professional comedians, to a paying audience. Receive feedback from our panel of judges and your very own video of your performance.

For more information, email morry@schoolofhardknockknocks.com or call Morry at 0448 347 888.

Meet Your Teachers

Ben Horowitz – Resident Teacher

Ben_Horowitz_headshotBen Horowitz has played every possible room imaginable, and some that are not. Over the past 15 years, Ben has performed to audiences as large as 3000, and as small as three. He’s performed at comedy clubs, RSL clubs, and music festivals, alongside comic greats, like Greg Fleet, Chris Franklin, Brad Oakes, and the Nelson Twins. He’s headlined and MCed, killing it on stage and also bombing. And that’s what makes Ben an ideal comedy teacher – he’s experienced the best and worst the comedy circuit has to offer.

Brad Oakes – Guest Comedian

Brad_Oakes_headshotBrad Oakes is an actor, writer and stand-up comedian, who has worked on Australia’s most iconic comedy TV shows, including Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Comedy Company, Jimeoin, and Full Frontal. He has been performing stand-up comedy since 1989, and has performed on Rove Live, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, and in his own shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has also directed other great comedians, including Corinne Grant, Lehmo, Geraldine Hickey and Harley Breen.

WATCH stand-up set.

Chris Franklin – Guest Comedian

Chris Franklin is most famous for writing and performing the song “Bloke” (a bogan parody of Meredith Brooks’ feminist anthem “Bitch”), which was certified platinum, reached #1 on the ARIA Charts and was the twelfth biggest selling single in Australia in 2000. His TV credits include The Footy Show, Headliners, Recovery, Stand Up Australia & Good News Week (among others) and he is a well known comedian on the international comedy circuit.

WATCH stand-up set.