September 24 – 28, 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 September 24 to 28. 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 Dave Ivkovic and Glynn Nicholas.

PRICES:

Student and Concession – $300 + GST

Early Bird – $350 + GST (before September 15 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $500 + GST (2 people)

Full Fee – $600 + GST

Day 1 – Sunday: The Basics & Joke Structure yourself

Introduction to the basics of comedy, the jargon of the comedic industry, three different joke structures, before launching into the deep end with your very own mini set.

Day 2 – Monday: Preparation & Generating Content (with Dave Ivkovic)

Learn to gauge your audience and how to recognise and manage taboo topics creating new comedic material with guest comedian Dave Ivkovic.

Day 3 – Tuesday: Building Confidence & Delivery

Learn how to be more confident, open strongly, and deliver using volume, tone, speed and pauses.

Day 4 – Wednesday: Controlling a Room & The Close (with Glynn Nicholas)

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, with a healthy critique from comedy legend, Glynn Nicholas.

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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 

The moment you have been working toward! Perform your own stand-up comedy routine in front of family and friends, conquer your fears and perform alongside Ben Horowitz, and two legends of comedy, Dave Ivkovic and Glynn Nicholas.

PLUS, you’ll get a video of your memorable performance.

For more information, email morry@schoolofhardknockknocks.com or call 1300 06 8882.

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.

Glynn Nicholas – Guest Comedian

Glynn Nicholas is a comedy genius, in performing, writing, and producing. Made famous by his regular appearances on the ABC’s ‘The Big Gig’, and shortly after in his own time slot with ‘The Glynn Nicholas Show’, this is a man who can see the funny in even the most poignant and stressful situations. That’s why he believes the role of comedy is one of the most important jobs in the world.

Listen to Glynn’s interview on the School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode here.

Dave Ivkovic – Guest Comedian

Dave Ivkovic started on the stand up circuit as a dare in 1997 and has never looked back. With a quick wit and childlike charm Dave is bound to tickle the funny bone of any audience. He regularly performs as MC and support act at all the major comedy clubs in Victoria, including The Comic’s Lounge and The Comedy Club, as well as comedy clubs and private functions all around Australia. Dave has also heard nationwide on radio via Austereos Homegrown and has appeared in many films, TV shows and theatre productions. In his time on the Melbourne comedy scene Dave has had the privilege of working with and befriending some of Australia’s best comedians including Dave Hughes, Dave Grant, Pete Hellier, Pommy Johnson, Colin Cole and others.