"WHO IS MELBOURNE'S FUNNIEST ACCOUNTANT?" COMPETITION


MAY 16 – 20, 2020

Imperial, South Yarra


Only 12 spots

(Until early bird price ends)


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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!

PRICES:

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.

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E O
April 6, 2021.
Verified
An epic week. Exhausting, but wonderful. The team are incredibly supportive, they help you discover your personal brand of funny and give you the tools needed to perform it with confidence. Just dive in and do it, you will not regret it.
Steve Iacuone
Steve Iacuone
March 31, 2021.
Verified
SofHKK's was without a doubt the most terrifying, soul crushingly amazing ride of my life. If not for this course I never would've fulfilled my dream of Stand Up. Morry & The Pro's give you all the tools without the sugar coating it to get you up on that stage. I've dreamed of getting on stage for longer than I care to admit but it was so easy to make excuses never take that step & have a go. This course takes away ALL the excuses to not do it & gives you all tools to take stand up further if you want or just tick it off that bucket list. Either way you won't die wondering & you'll have an absolute ball doing it. This was probably the scariest thing i've ever done, but being able to do it within a group, coached by some of the best of the best Aussie comedians was @#$%#^ amazing & I never would've or could've done it without this course. 6 Stars (5 just isn't enough)
Kylie Sita
Kylie Sita
March 30, 2021.
Verified
The School of Hard Knock Knocks is fantastic. It’s a very supportive environment to try stand up comedy. Plus the support is ongoing as you can continue to perform comedy at The Rubber Chicken open mics and work on your skills as a comedian. I highly recommend the course I learned so much and met amazing fun people in the process!!
Michael Ensly
Michael Ensly
March 30, 2021.
Verified
Amazing experience. Great for improving public speaking and creating new jokes. Plus a free pen, make sure you read what the pen says.
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!


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.

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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    We currently hold workshops in the following capital cities:

    Adelaide

    Melbourne

    Sydney

    Brisbane (Coming soon!)