Why should you learn stand-up

Why Should You Learn Stand-up Comedy?

There’s many reasons why you should learn stand-up comedy with the School of Hard Knock Knocks. So which category do you fit into? The Future Comic The most obvious reason is that you want to be a stand-up comedian. And that’s a great reason. Melbourne is comedy central in Australia, thanks mostly to the ‘Melbourne International Comedy Festival’ every March, …

5 must watch Australian comedy web series

7 must watch Australian comedy web series

If there’s one thing that’s been great about lockdown, it’s that we’re all accustomed to watching shows on platforms other than free-to-air network TV. And this has opened up a whole world of alternative comedy, made by Aussies for Aussies. So what are the best Australian comedy web series to get us through lockdown – or awful summer programming on …

Three Top Comedy Venues in Melbourne

Top 3 stand-up comedy clubs in Melbourne

Melbourne is undoubtedly the comedy capital of Australia. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival generates in excess $17 million Aussie dollarydoos, and more people watch a stand-up comedy show during the festival than attend the AFL Grand Final series. With those numbers, it’s surprising that there’s only three dedicated comedy clubs in Melbourne. But conveniently, they are located north, central and …

Ben and Morry at The Rubber Chicken - South Melbourne

Comedy school builds comedy hub in South Melbourne

There’s a new stand-up comedy venue in Melbourne, and it’s ‘south of the river’! It’s the ‘The Rubber Chicken‘, and it aims to be Australia’s first comedy hub. Those familiar with Melbourne’s comedy scene will recognise the names of comedy disruptors, Ben Horowitz and Morry Morgan. Since 2016, the duo have been helping build Melbourne’s stand-up comedy industry, first with …

Random Words for Comedy

Creating new jokes with ‘Random Words’

Creating new jokes from scratch is one of the hardest parts of stand-up comedy. Our brains are hardwired for repetition, patterns, and habits. This is where random words can help. Using a random word generator helps our thinking jump two or more steps away from the obvious. And that’s where the humour can be found. Follow these steps: Step 1: …

Graduate Highlight: Daniel Tohill

Each week the School of Hard Knock Knocks highlights one of our recent graduates from our Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney courses. This week, it’s Daniel Tohill from Melbourne. Daniel Tohill attended the November 2020 stand-up comedy course in Melbourne with guest comedian Anthony ‘Lehmo’ Lehmann and resident comedy coach, Brad Oakes. This was the last graduation for 2020, and one …

Generating Ideas for Comedy

Generating Ideas for Stand-up Comedy

Generating ideas for stand-up comedy is difficult at the best of times. Just about any topic is open game, but that freedom doesn’t make joke writing easier. If anything, the brain needs constraint to help flex the creative muscle. Here’s four constraints that we use at the School of Hard Knock Knocks to help our students generate ideas for stand-up …

Ben Horowitz and Morry Morgan - School of Hard Knock Knocks

The Stand-up Comedy Disruptors proving you can teach stand-up comedy

When it comes to becoming a stand-up comedian, 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. Then repeat. Do that for three or four years, night after night, and you might have a shot at the big time. Maybe. That’s how Christine …

Richard Stubbs - Comedy Poster

Photographic headshots now included in stand-up comedy course

From January 2021, stand-up comedy students at the School of Hard Knock Knocks will each receive a photography package as part of the standard comedy course. Photographer and cinematographer, Anthony Littlechild, has been shooting film and video for over 13 years, and was the official ‘behind the scenes’ music video photographer for Tones & I. Anthony’s mobile photography studio will …