November 26 – 30, 2017

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 November 26 to 30. 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 comedian George Kapiniaris.


Student and Concession – $280 + GST

Early Bird – $320 + GST (before August 11 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $450 + GST (2 people)

Full Fee – $560 + GST

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.


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 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.

George Kapiniaris – Guest Comedian

George_Kapiniaris_headshotMovies, theatre, TV soap operas & drama, and of course, stand-up comedy. George Kapiniaris has done it all. And he’s been influencing Australian culture in the process. Best known for writing and acting roles in ‘Wogs out of Work’, which debuted in 1987 at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF), this stage show launched his TV comedy career in a show by the same name. George’s next TV success was writing and performing in another comedy TV show, Acropolis Now. This show won his fellow performer, Mary Coustas, the 1993 Logie for Most Popular Comedy Performer for her role as Effie. His current comedy show is Straight Outta Compo, which debuted at this year’s MICF and begins touring again from September, 2017.

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.