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Online Stand-up Comedy Courses

If you’ve ever wanted to learn stand-up comedy, but don’t have the time to hit the late night open mic nights, or undertake a stand-up comedy course, then an online course might be for…

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Life on the Australian comedy circuit

The Aussie comedian’s journey is tough. Unlike the US, where large comedy-club-supporting cities are separated by a few hours drive, it can take a day, or longer to get to the next audience in…

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Mickey D – Pain is just an emotion

The audio interview of this transcript is available here. Steve Davis: Mickey D, welcome to the School of Hard Knock-Knocks’ podcast. Mickey D: Thanks very much for having me mate.…

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Gavin Sempel – The hard road to Raw Comedy

The audio interview of this transcript is available here. Morry: Comedian Gavin Sempel is one of the hardest working new comics in Australia. At the age of 18, in March 2016, Gavin Sempel began his…

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Nikki Osborne – Go hard or go home

The audio interview of this transcript is available here. Morry: In her very first Melbourne International Comedy Festival show, Nikki Was Born, not only sold out, but also managed to attract over…

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Greg Fleet – The Accidental Comedian

The audio interview of this transcript is available here. Morry:              Greg Fleet is Australia’s bad boy of comedy. On stage and off, Fleety has made a name for himself for…

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George Kapiniaris – From Stereotypes to Stage Shows and Changing Aussie Culture

The audio interview of this transcript is available here. Morry: If you lived in Australia during the late 80s and early 90s, then no doubt you know George Kapiniaris. An actor by training, George or…

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David Tulk – ‘No Filter’ but still lovable

The audio interview of this transcript is available here. David Tulk is a lovable comedian – which is a surprise, because his comedy is antagonistic, biting and sometimes plain rude. And yet,…

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MICF Review – Charisa Bossinakis – Paquito

Comedian Charisa Bossinakis is young, attractive and intelligent – and uses these traits to work the room and build rapport. Her latest hour show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival…

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MICF Review – Michael Shafar – 50/50

Comedian Micheal Shafar is a sublimely charismatic and genuinely likeable performer with the kind of comedy that is relatable, hilarious and full of honest observations that I guarantee would even…

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MICF Review – Willem Richards – Like to Play Pretend?

An inspiring and energetic performance was enjoyed by those attending Willem Richards’ ‘Like to Play Pretend?’ at this year’s Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This…

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How do you perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) in 2020?

The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, or MICF for short, was 33 years old this year. Only two other festivals are bigger – the Montreal ‘Just For Laughs’ festival at number…

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MICF Review – Game Boys – Cinematic Universe

Highly entertaining from start to finish, Game Boys – Cinematic Universe takes you from all the way back in time in a galaxy far, far away, to theme parks featuring cloned dinosaurs and prehistoric…

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Lehmo – The comedic journey from balls to sails

Lehmo is one of Australia's favourite comedians, both on stage and on TV. Star of Utopia, That's Not My Dog, and regular on The Project, Lehmo's comedy naturally dabbles in satire, showmanship, and…

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Adelaide Fringe Festival Review

Adelaide Fringe Festival Review – Alex Ward – No Flirting

Tuesday 19th was a strange night in some ways as gigs seemed to either be full to overflowing or scratching around for an audience. Night one of this brand-new show landed somewhere in between with…

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The 5 difficult people in your presentation

Your last presentation would have been a raging success. The introduction was confident, your structure clear, and your conclusion evoked a hearty applause. “Are there any questions?” you asked,…

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Stand-up School Sends 27 to Raw

Australia runs one of the largest amateur stand-up comedy competitions – Raw Comedy. But don’t be fooled by the name. While the heat’s comic quality can be hit-or-miss, the grand…

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A Guide to Melbourne’s Comedy Rooms

So you’re after a fun night out, and watching stand-up comedy in Melbourne is at the top of the list. Well, you’re in luck, because Melbourne, and its neighbouring inner suburbs, has some…

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5 tips for open mic comedians, by seasoned comedians

Starting out in stand-up comedy in Australia is tough. Open mic gigs are in the evenings, often on a weekday, and the audience is usually comprised of other comedians with zero interest in your gags.…

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Raw Comedy 2019 Advice

Are you thinking of entering Raw Comedy 2019? Early expressions of interest for are now open. To enter just click here. Got no idea what I’m talking about? Well, what you should know is thaw…

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The Raw Story with Ben Horowitz

Comedian Ben Horowitz knows Raw Comedy well – he entered three times. His first brush with the amateur competition was in 2002, and although he did pick up two footy club gigs immediately…

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Comedian Quiz

So you enjoy comedy, eh? The question is, “how well do you know your comedians?” Take this 2 minute comedy quiz to find out. Powered by…

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Top Tips for Stand-out Public Speaking

Guest post by public speaking guru, Michelle Bowden. Many of the students that undertake a School of Hard Knock Knocks stand-up comedy course do so to improve their confidence, timing, and comedic…

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How do I become a stand-up comedian?

There’s no one pathway to learn stand-up comedy. Dave Hughes took over four years on the open mic scene, whereas, some, like Chris Franklin and Matt Okine rose to fame quickly. But what is…

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The Open Mic Comedy Nights List – Sydney

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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Comedy Community Funds New TV Show

One part comedy, one part drama, and one part documentary; The School of Hard Knock Knocks (SHKK) has just wrapped up the filming of their TV pilot, “Is This Thing On?“. The brainchild of…

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Comedian, Dilruk Jayasinha, Wins Logie Award

Comedian and actor, Dilruk Jayasinha, has taken out the ‘Graham Kennedy Award for Most Popular New Talent’, at the 2018 Logie Awards, held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, beating out…

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In Your Career, You Need To Take Funny Seriously

Guest post by Marty Wilson When you’re presenting to a group, do their eyes sparkle or gently glaze over? If you’re giving a speech, are they nodding in agreement, or just nodding off? At the end…

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Can stand-up comedy help mental health?

“The mind works in mysterious ways” – and the stand-up comic utilises this to reach deep into his or her psyche to find something that will make us laugh. So what happens when comic…

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The Open Mic Comedy Nights List – Adelaide

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 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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MICF Review – Carvin H Goldstone – The Other South African Comedian

There’s few topics that are taboo when you’re part Indian, Zulu, Jewish, and plump. And in a display of misdirection, acting, and observational comedy, Carvin H Goldstone seamlessly and…

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MICF Review – Cameron James – Chilled Out/Fired Up

Several months ago I had the pleasure of being introduced to the comedy of Cameron James. He was the crowd pleasing headliner, performing at Riverina Comedy Club in Wagga Wagga, to a massively warm…

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The Stand-up Comedy Disruptors

When it comes to stand-up comedy, not much has changed in the last 30 years. Turn up to a pub that runs an open mic night, perform five minutes of embarrassing jokes – repeat. Do that for three…

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MICF Review – The Kagools – Kula

Two ladies from cities in the UK most Australians have never heard of, wearing an item of clothing most Australians wont know, driving vehicles most Australians have never seen. And yet The Kagools…

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MICF Review – Gavin Sempel – Plain and Sempel

For someone so lightly framed, Gavin Sempel’s humour packs a punch. Indeed, the seemingly incidental goings on in most people’s lives, become highly visible targets, ripe for the Sempel comedic…

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MICF Review – Alex Edelman – Just for Us

Edelman is one of the rising stars of stand-up, winning the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer (a difficult trick for an American), he’s supported Ricky Gervais, and has a special on…

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MICF Review – Rich Hall

The “Cranky Yank”, a true seasoned professional with an impressive CV including performances on Saturday Night Live, is able to have the audience laughing by mocking the politically correct…

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MICF Review – Phil Wang – Kinabalu

Few comedians could successfully weave the Human Papillomavirus, or HPV, and male feminism into a hilarious joke. But that’s no problem for ‘Old Wang’. The Malaysian born Brit, who…

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“The Best Of” at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

A total of 39 graduates of the School of Hard Knock Knocks will be performing at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) this year. Each of the 12 shows, starting on April 5 and concluding…

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Laughter to make Australians more resilient

Never has there been more important time to laugh. News and social media are bombarding us with doomsday predictions, nuclear annihilation, and societal chaos. Not that the kids have noticed. The…

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Want to perform at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival?

It’s a dream of many comedians – to perform at the world famous Melbourne International Comedy Festival – or MICF for short. And why wouldn’t they dream?! Alongside the…

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Does humour make you smarter?

Did you know that funny people, especially those that like dark humour, have higher IQs? Interviewed on Today Extra, Marty Wilson elaborated on the results, uncovered by Austrian researchers.…

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Who is your favourite Aussie male comedian?

The Aussie larrikin has long been part of our culture. Paul Hogan, Barry Humphries, and Garry McDonald paved the international way for other Australian men to follow, and in doing so, helped mature…

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Who is your favourite Aussie female comedian?

Stand-up comedy is no longer a man-only affair – and rightly so. Today Australia is blessed with an abundant choice of female comedians – appearing on stage, panels, news platforms, and…

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The Hottest Aussie Comedians in the UK

We Aussies know that our land is girt by sea, and filled with hilarious talent. While some of our comedians have stayed home, others have gone for far-off locations – and made their mark.…

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What Ever Happened to these Famous Comedians?

THE NATURE OF THE STAND-UP INDUSTRY can be quite competitive. In some cases famous comedians undergo long-standing hiatuses before coming back into the limelight. Many have successfully transitioned…

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Top 3 UK Comedians Today

YOU LIKELY REMEMBER THE STAND-UP GENIUSES Billy Connolly and Bill Bailey. Chance are you have DVDs of their performances to catch over and over again. But UK comedy has changed over the years. There…

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Tick Off ‘Stand-up Comedy’ from your Bucket List

IF YOU’VE JUST WOKEN FROM A COMA, you won’t know that the term ‘bucket list’ means a list of things that one would like to do before dying – that is, before…

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The Doug Anthony All Stars – Abusing Your Way to Success

I FIRST SAW THE DOUG ANTHONY ALL STARS, or DAAS if you are in a hurry, at the Union Building in RMIT University, Melbourne. It was 1994, and the trio had reached a decade into their abusive,…

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