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5 Reasons Comedy Can Make You a Better Leader

“YES, AND…” is the rule-of-thumb response in improv comedy. It’s also a great way to lead. The ‘yes’ immediately encourages the acceptance of the contributions added by others, rather than shutting down the views of others, and the ‘and’ opens the contribution for further positive refinement. The words ‘no’ and ‘but’ are the polar opposites. Listening to others is a valuable leadership skill. Comedy can …

Marshall Mullen Comedian

The Open Mic Comedy Rooms List – Sydney

(Updated 2 November, 2020) Open mic comedy rooms in Sydney have returned. But be sure to check with each room, as some Covid-19 restrictions are still in place, and may affect the number of performers and audience size. Practice is essential to a stand-up comedy career. Sure, the School of Hard Knock Knocks stand-up comedy course will allow you to …

Kim Le Comedian

The Open Mic Comedy Rooms List – Adelaide

The Covid Crisis is over for South Australia, but sadly not all the open mic comedy rooms in Adelaide have reopened. Here’s the latest updated Adelaide open mic comedy nights as of October 30, 2020. If you know of other open mic comedy rooms in Adelaide, or can recommend an update, please contact us. MONDAYS Nothing TUESDAYS Cranker Comedy, Crown …

Teach Stand-up Comedy with Ben Horowitz

Can you teach someone how to be funny?

Can you teach someone how to be funny?  Theoretically, yes. The funny bone is not a womb. It’s not present in some people, but not in others. However, there is a definite pre-existing condition that gives a clear indication, like height for a jockey or basketballer, that a career in comedy is more likely.  So what is that condition that …

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How do you kill in stand-up comedy? Know your AUDIENCE!

A comedian could kill on one night, but bomb on another, with the only difference being the audience. Conducting an AUDIENCE analysis, ahead of your gig, is one way you can increase the chance that you will kill in stand-up comedy. Here’s the eight letters of the acronym explained: Attentiveness Comedians are not always the centre of attention. Sometimes it’s …

Community funds comedy drama about learning stand-up

One part comedy, one part drama, and one part documentary, the School of Hard Knock Knocks (SHKK) has launched episode one and two of ‘Is This Thing On?‘, a show about learning stand-up comedy. The brainchild of SHKK co-founder, Morry Morgan, and partly funded by the SHKK alumni, this six-part, 30-minute TV show transforms ten budding stand-up comedians into confident …

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What is the funniest knock knock joke?

The School of Hard Knock Knocks has some of the funniest Australian stand-up comedians who coach our comedy courses. Yet ironically these comedy legends are not experts in writing knock knock jokes. Not that we teach them – they are more suitable as ‘Dad Jokes’. That being said, the School of Hard Knock Knocks is often asked, “what IS the …

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Graduate Highlight: Jo Willmott

Our new Aussie comedian this week is Jo Willmott. Each week the School of Hard Knock Knocks highlights one of our recent new Aussie comedians who have graduated from our Adelaide, Melbourne or Sydney courses. Jo attended the February 2020 stand-up comedy course in Melbourne, with guest comedian Chris Franklin and resident comedy coach, Brad Oakes. The School of Hard …