Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne WITH CHRIS FRANKLIN


MARCH 14 – 18, 2021

The Rubber Chicken,
South Melbourne


Only 5 spots left

(Until course starts)


Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from March 14 to 18, 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 alumnus, Alex Keen, and guest comedy coach, Chris Franklin.


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PRICES:

Student and Concession – $500 + GST

Early Bird – $600 + GST (before March 7 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, Chris Franklin, 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 alumnus.

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.

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Kaye Grant
Kaye Grant
January 31, 2021.
Verified
If you have ever thought about doing Stand Up Comedy then go for it. It has to be the best experience in the world. School of Hard Knock Knocks absolutely fullfilled my expectations of what it's like to do comedy. They taught us so much and made it a safe and fun environment. Ben Horowitz and Morry Morgan have created a great workshop to learn comedy. With great Comedians for guidance. The journey was incredible. So get off your tousch and give it a whirl. See you on the circuit guys.
Jeremy Dooley
Jeremy Dooley
January 30, 2021.
Verified
Very well structured and thought out. Clearly a strong method to their process. Really well suited to the aspiring comedian, those wanting to tick an item off their bucket list, and a really safe supportive space for those wanting to be better public speakers. Highly recommend.
Meg Batchelor
Meg Batchelor
January 29, 2021.
Verified
A great intensive course that really prepares you quickly for performing in front of lots of people. Good training, personal feedback, advice from professional comedians, and very welcoming to beginners and advanced alike. Just remember to do the 2 minute sample 'set' before you turn up on day 1, it really helps with progress!
Phil Kirkham
Phil Kirkham
January 29, 2021.
Verified
I'd never been to one of these nights but had a friend debuting so went along for support. It was a fantastic night and incredible value for money. Highly recommend.
Jade Mckenzie
Jade Mckenzie
January 29, 2021.
Verified
Saw a comedy show here. A lot of great acts, stand out being Hannah Sainty for sure! Venue was great, owners were lovely. Reasonable drink prices. Would definitely go back.
Houston Dunleavy
Houston Dunleavy
December 14, 2020.
Verified
An absolute gem of a program where ideas, talent and support are available in equal measure. They never forget that comedy, as the saying goes, is a very serious business, and guiding hands take you, and the craft you are learning, very seriously. This is a must for anyone who aspires to this work. I cannot imagine success without it!
mohamed hage-Ali
mohamed hage-Ali
December 14, 2020.
Verified
Great place to learn about comedy and stage presence.
Sean Callanan
Sean Callanan
December 14, 2020.
Verified
Really enjoyed the challenge and supportive community around the SHKK course. Ben & Morry do a great job helping you get on stage and the performance night was a blast! I was on the same stage as Richard Stubbs! Look forward to seeing new grads each month and seeing SHKK alumni grow on comedy scene.
Henry McLaughlin
Henry McLaughlin
December 6, 2020.
Verified
Without a word of exaggeration this is the best course ever. It removes wrinkles, ended the 2020 lockdowns and even improves car fuel economy... Learning comedy is as much about self-discovery as the jokes themselves. We are all naturally funny and this course helps you remove the barriers to revealing your inner comedian. The instructors are professional, experienced and highly supportive. Once you learn to stand before a room of strangers and tell jokes then there's little in life you can't do. I wish I had done it years ago… before purchasing a Toyota Prius.
Eamon Shanahan
Eamon Shanahan
December 4, 2020.
Verified
Had a blast doing the course in November. Just about redeemed 2020. Great content, brilliant instructors, and ongoing support from instructors and alumni after graduating. Great boost for speaking, joke-writing and pursuing comedy in general. Highly recommended.


BONUS!

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.

Chris Franklin - Celebrity Guest Comedian

Comedian Chris Franklin

Australian comedian Chris Franklin is one of Australia’s most recognisable stand-up comedians. He also has an inseparable relationship with his flannel shirts. The self described bogan, who has performed his beer swilling larrikin humour all over Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Scotland and even war torn Afghanistan, is one of the most well recognised Australian stand-up comedians today, thanks to early success at Raw Comedy and, surprisingly, the ARIAs. Learn more about Chris by clicking here.

Alex Keen – Returning Alumna

Comedian Alex Keen

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the School of Hard Knock Knocks graduation. In March it's Alex Keen, 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.


    CONTACT US TODAY

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    We are available to chat, any day of the week, via the chat button below or phone.  Otherwise, we are contactable by email.

    We currently hold workshops in the following capital cities:

    Adelaide

    Melbourne

    Sydney

    Brisbane (Coming soon!)