Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne WITH JEFF GREEN

JANUARY 24 – 28, 2021

The Rubber Chicken,

South Melbourne


(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 January 24 to 28, 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, Ellen Mahoney, and guest comedy coach, Jeff Green.



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, Jeff Green, 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 Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festivals, as well as life after graduation, with a visit from our returning alumna, Ellen Mahoney.

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.


Josh Barnes
Josh Barnes
December 30, 2021.
If you're looking to get into stand up comedy, this is the place to start. Couldn't recommend it enough
Punchlines Comedy
Punchlines Comedy
December 2, 2021.
The School of Hard Knock Knocks has helped hundreds of new comedians get their feet onto a stage. It's from this pool of new talent that we watch for future stars, and put them on stage with famous headliners. When ever you attend a Punchlines Comedy show, there will always be a graduate of the School of Hard Knock Knocks supporting.
Max Zadnik
Max Zadnik
November 29, 2021.
Great course, very supportive and a lot of fun. I can't recommend this enough if you've been thinking about doing stand up but haven't worked up the courage. Don't put it off any longer!
Johnnie Barrie
Johnnie Barrie
November 28, 2021.
So pleased I did this course. Run very professionally and so much fun. Creates a real sense of community. Thanks. JB.
J Sharp
J Sharp
November 28, 2021.
I just completed the SHKK Standup Comedy In Person course in Melbourne. I give the course my highest recommendation. All of the instructors brought unique and highly valuable information to the students. There is a lot of actual stage time and great constructive feedback in a warm and nurturing environment. If you’ve ever thought about trying standup like I had, this is the course you should choose.
Unknown Unknown
Unknown Unknown
August 18, 2021.
I would have never had the guts to perform my first open mic with out this workshop. But I wish they would get more relevant guest comedy mentors in, I'm 27 and most of the time I've never herd of the guest comedian they get, nobody watches TV anymore or listens to the radio, wish they would get well known comedians "to my generation" that are actively touring new material or least has an active following online. would be awesome getting MORE up to date information. BUT . . . the class has introduced me to many other comedians and now I CAN go to any open mic in the state and know somebody in the room. Its a little pricey, but so are all theses kind of classes. would recommend to any comic that cant quite find the nerve to preform their first open mic. I've also made back more money back then I initially spent on the course doing gigs through School of hard knock knocks affiliated venues and events. The Rubber Chicken and Punchlines Comedy. 9/10 would do again, Good value!! also makes a good present for a friend or loved one, will be getting this for my dad on his birthday.


Not only will you learn stand-up comedy 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.

Jeff Green - Celebrity Guest Comedian

Jeff Green Comedian

British born comedian, Jeff Green, is one of Australia's most successful stand-up comedians, having succeeded in building a brand in both the UK and here in Oz. A regular guest at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, Jeff's festival shows across the country are always sold out. Jeff Green will be visiting the course through the week and sharing his experience, advice and techniques with the students, before headlining at the graduation on the Thursday. Learn more about Jeff Green by clicking here

Ellen Mahoney – Returning Alumna

Ellen Mahoney comedian

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the School of Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In January it's Ellen Mahoney, who'll 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.


    Start your comedy journey today.

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    We currently hold workshops in the following capital cities:




    Brisbane (Coming soon!)