MAY 16 – 20, 2020

Imperial, South Yarra

Only 12 spots

(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 May 16 to 20, 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, and our guest comedian and previous accountant, Anthony 'Lehmo' Lehmann. PLUS, we'll crown Melbourne's Funniest Accountant for 2021!


Early Bird – $600 + GST (before May 2 only)

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, Anthony 'Lehmo' Lehmann, 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 alumni.

Day 4: Wednesday - The Close, Competition 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 - Competition Performance

The moment you have been working toward! Perform your stand-up comedy routine in front of family and friends, conquer your fears and compete to see who is crowned Melbourne's Funniest Accountant for 2021! Watch previous graduation videos by clicking here.


Houston Dunleavy
Houston Dunleavy
December 14, 2020.
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.
Great place to learn about comedy and stage presence.
Sean Callanan
Sean Callanan
December 14, 2020.
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.
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.
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.


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.

Lehmo - Guest Comedian

Comedian Lehmo

The 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 August we welcome the amazing comedian, Lehmo, one of Australia’s favourite comedians – both on stage and on TV. Star on Utopia, That’s Not My Dog, and a regular on The Project, comedian Lehmo’s comedy naturally dabbles in satire, showmanship, and current affairs. He’s also one of my favourite Aussie comedians, making this last show of 2018 all that extra special. Listen to his podcast interview.

Michael Tucker - Returning Alumnus

Michael Tucker Comedian

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the School of Hard Knock Knocks graduation. This ensures that all graduates get to meet a comedian that can introduce them to the local scene and comedians, and avoid the politics of the open mic stand-up comedy scene. This month it's Michael Tucker, who's performed in Melbourne and Adelaide as part of 'The Best Of' at the School of Hard Knock Knocks. He's also a practising accountant!


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    Brisbane (Coming soon!)