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 ‘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 their …

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: …

School of Hard Knock Knocks graduates

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 final is world class. And competition is fierce! This is what 27 graduates of the School of Hard Knock Knocks have volunteered for. These budding comedians, from Adelaide, Albury, Brisbane, …

Comedian pointing by Jena Friedman

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 of the best comedy clubs, pubs and rooms in the world! Really! Lonely Planet writer, Tim Richards, ranks North Melbourne’s The Comic’s Lounge as the world’s number 7, …