Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne WITH CHRISTINE BASIL

FeBRUARY 21 – 25, 2020

Imperial, South Yarra

12 spots left

(Until early bird price ends)

Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from February 21 to 25, 2021. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, our complementary online course, video of your graduating performance, professional headshots for future marketing, and loads of one-on-one coaching from our resident comedy coach, Brad Oakes, our returning alumna, Laurence Driscoll, and guest comedy coach, Christine Basil.



Student and Concession – $500 + GST

Early Bird – $600 + GST (before Jan 10 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $900 + GST (2 people)

Full Fee – $800 + GST


Pre-Course:  Online course access

Access the entire School of Hard Knock Knocks stand-up comedy curriculum ahead of the face-to-face course via your phone or PC. Narrated by the legendary comedian Greg Fleet, this online course includes videos examples, audio advice, activities and feedback to ensure you don't feel like a noob on day one. Learn more by clicking here.

Day 1:  Sunday - The Basics, Finding Yourself, Joke Structure and Preparation

Get introduced to the basics of stand-up comedy and the jargon of the comedic industry before jumping into the deep end with your very own mini comedy set. Then, it's time to learn the 'Normal-Normal-Twist' technique, and developing your own original jokes, before trialling them on stage and giving them a polish.

Day 2:  Monday - Generating Content and Building Confidence

Learn to gauge your audience and how to recognise and manage taboo topics while learning confidence building/fear smashing techniques. You’ll also get input on your set from our guest comedian, Christine Basil, meet the other SHKK alumni and develop more of your original material.

Day 3: Tuesday - Delivery and Controlling a Room

Learn to write a strong open to your comedy set. Tonight students will also have the opportunity to refine some of their own writing, and learn about the open mic circuit, the Australian comedy festivals, such as Raw Comedy and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as well as life after graduation, with a visit from our returning alumnus, Laurence Driscoll.

Day 4: Wednesday - The Close, Graduation Preparation and Photo Headshots

Anthony Littlechild - headshot photographer

 Students receive portrait head and body shots from photographer and cinematographer, Anthony Littlechild.

Closing your set strong is this night's goal, as well as putting the extra polish on tomorrow night's graduation performance. You'll also model for professional headshots, that are vital for comedy event posters or even acting jobs!

Day 5: Thursday - Graduation Night and Performance

The moment you have been working toward! Perform your stand-up comedy routine in front of family and friends, conquer your fears and perform alongside three professional stand-up comedians. Watch previous graduation videos by clicking here.


School of Hard Knock Knocks
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Andy High
Andy High
12:50 11 May 20
Cliche it may be, but I think I've always wanted to do stand up.That feeling of making a group of... people laugh is something that has never left me after sacrificing my education to become the best class clown I could be.It's taken me 43 years to decide to get back up and be that clown again.How on earth do you do that?Well that's where good ole Google came in and brought me to the School of Hard Knock Knocks.A quick chat with a bot, that turned out to be Morry Morgan, and I was booked in to a Melbourne course.Sh*t it was fun....I needed a bit more insight into how comedy works, how to write and present it, I needed a little support and SHKK give me that. Post course, that support is still there, in fact it's grown. Basically, SHKK did exactly what it says on the box, and so much more.Where else are you going to get industry insights from seasoned professionals willingly giving away years of experience?I don't regret hooking up with these guys for one minute, I doubt anyone could.Oh and did I mention it was fun?Sh*t it was fun....read more
Aditya Gautam
Aditya Gautam
01:30 29 Feb 20
Like everyone reading this review, I too had been contemplating doing stand-up comedy for years,... but never got around to doing it. Then I did this comedy course in Adelaide and IT CHANGED MY LIFE. The four day course was exactly what I needed to get started on the journey that is Stand-up comedy. Even if becoming a pro comic is not your goal, the skill to be able to tell jokes on stage, is something everyone will benefit from. School of Hard Knocks Knocks is the best $$$ you will ever spend. Since doing the course I have gone on to be the RAW state finalist, done my own Fringe shows, performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and guess what, I have even been paid by the School Of Hard Knock Knocks to perform multiple times. Stop thinking, just do the bloody course!read more
Richard Taylor
Richard Taylor
20:17 09 Feb 20
Brilliant experience; provided all the skills necessary to write stand-up and opportunity to... deliver at a last night performance. Very supportive facilitators and peer group.I undertook the course whilst holidaying in Melbourne from UK to celebrate my 50th birthday and this experience absolutely made the holiday for me!read more
Luoxi Pan
Luoxi Pan
07:28 07 Feb 20
Doing the course was an amazing experience and we were in great hands with Nathan and Brad. The... course is designed to get you comfortable with performing on stage, and most importantly, the mindset around how to improve at standup. The other graduates I met were also incredible and made the experience that much more memorable. Highly recommended.read more
Ine Vanthuyne
Ine Vanthuyne
20:06 05 Feb 20
Had a great first stand-up experience with school of hard knock-knocks. 5 intense days with An... amazing couple of Teachers and a safe environment to try out jokes and make them even better. Would definitely do it again!!read more
Yvonne Collier
Yvonne Collier
05:29 09 Feb 19
So much fun 🙂 A fabulous experiential 5 consecutive evening course. Mind expanding, comfort zone... stretching, awesome experience. 💕😂🙏🤣👏🌟read more
Ray Chen
Ray Chen
23:13 28 Jun 18
Amazing experience!I came in with zero experience, and left making a whole room crack up with... laughter and applause. 10/10 recommend for anyone looking for confidence in speaking in front of a crowd, and writing top jokes!Completely relaxed and positive classroom environment will be sure to take you breath away... until you hit that stage!read more
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Not only will you learn stand-up comedy in February in Melbourne, but you'll also get the opportunity to perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and Sydney Fringe Festival as part of ‘The Best Of’ show, produced every year. Be part of a life changing experience AND get paid for the privilege!

Meet Your Comedy Coaches

Brad Oakes - Resident Comedy Coach

Brad Oakes Comedian

The resident comedy coach is responsible for developing our nervous nobodies into confident comedians. Comedian Brad Oakes is considered by many to be comedy royalty, and has over 30 years of stand-up comedy experience. Brad has performed on Australian classic comedy shows, which include The Comedy Company, Jimeoin, Full Frontal, and Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Brad also featured in the School of Hard Knock Knocks' comedy-drama, 'Is This Thing On?' Brad will also MC at the graduation, ensuring the audience is hot before the graduates perform. Learn more about Brad  by clicking here.

Christine Basil - Celebrity Guest Comedian

Christine Basil - Stand-up comedianThe School of Hard Knock Knocks is not only about learning the skills required to become a stand-up comedian, but also connecting with some of Australia's most accomplished comedians and learning first hand how they overcame challenges and built their stand-up comedy career. Each month we invite a celebrity stand-up comedian to coach and perform with our students. In July we welcome the amazing Christine Basil. Learn more about Christine by listening to her podcast interview.

Laurence Driscoll – Returning Alumnus

Laurence Driscoll - Comedian

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the School of Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In February it's Raw State Finalist, Laurence Driscoll! Laurence will also be providing insights into the open mic comedy circuit, how to network within the comedy industry, and comedy advice post-graduation. So not only will you learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne, you'll start to build a network of comedians who are already performing in the comedy circuit.


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