March 3 – 7, 2019

Hotel Royal, Torrensville

(Until course starts)

THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCK KNOCKS (SHKK) 5-evenings stand-up comedy course runs from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from March 3 to 7, 2018. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from the resident comedian, Gerry Masi (aka Mad Dog Malcolm), our guest comedian, Julia Clarke, as well as input from our SHKK alumnus, Zack Southern.


Student and Concession – $400 + GST

Early Bird – $450 + GST (before February 22 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $600 + GST (2 people)

Full Fee – $700 + GST

Day 1:  Sunday – The Basics & Finding yourself (with Gerry Masi)

Introduction to the basics of stand-up comedy and the jargon of the comedic industry before launching into the deep end with your very own mini set. Then, it’s time to learn the ‘Normal-Normal-Twist’ technique and get your creative juices flowing!


Day 2:  Monday – Your Audience and Taboos (with Julia Clarke)

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, Julia Clarke.


Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Zack Southern)

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 Adelaide Fringe Festival, and life after graduation.


Day 4: Wednesday – The Heckler and The Closer (with Gerry Masi)

Practice delivering your set as well as building skills to deal with the dreaded (or welcomed) heckler before polishing a strong close to your set ready for tomorrow’s graduation ceremony.


Receive your own full colour #SHKK manual, filled with advice, jokes and links to videos, as well as a video of your final performance.


Day 5: Thursday – Graduation Night and Performance 
(with Gerry Masi, Julia Clarke, and Zack Southern)

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 Gerry Masi, our guest comedian, and returning alumnus.

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For more information, email morry@schoolofhardknockknocks.com or call 1300 06 8882.

Meet Your Teachers

Mad Dog Malcolm (aka Gerry Masi) – Resident Comedian

Adelaide’s own Mad Dog Malcolm (aka Gerry Masi) is one part crooner, one part used car salesman, but all ladies’ man. Combining witty one liners, audience involvement, and a smooth jazz singer’s voice, Mad Dog is an incredibly entertaining performer. And he’s our resident comedian for the month of March at the Adelaide School of Hard Knock Knocks. Don’t miss out on having this truly multi-skilled comedian coach you in stand-up comedy.

WATCH Mad Dog in action.

Julia Clarke – Guest Comedian

Julia Clarke ComedianJulia Clarke is our guest comedian for the March stand-up comedy course in Adelaide, and “boy!” does she have some impressive comedy credentials. A Raw Comedy State Finalist, two time Adelaide Comedy Next Generation comedian, who has performed her own show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Julia has a wealth of knowledge to share with our comedy newbies.

Zack Southern – Returning Alumnus

Zack Southern ComedianSince graduating from the School of Hard Knock Knocks in September 2018, Zack has been a prolific open mic performer across Adelaide. Zack is our returning alumnus, who will share his personal journey after graduating, discuss the open mic scene in Adelaide, and also share his experience dealing with the politics of the comedy business.

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