September 9 – 13, 2018

The Archer, North Adelaide

LEARN STAND-UP COMEDY with the School of Hard Knock Knocks 5-evenings stand-up comedy course which runs from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from September 9 to 13, 2018. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, access to our online course, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from the legendary Glynn Nicholas, Adelaide’s own Mad Dog Malcolm, as well as guest alumnus, Kim Le.


Student and Concession – $400 + GST

Early Bird – $450 + GST (before August 31 only)

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

Full Fee – $700 + GST

Day 1:  Sunday – The Basics, Finding yourself & Joke Structure (with Glynn Nicholas)

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 on to joke structure.


Day 2:  Monday – Your Audience & Taboos (with Mad Dog Malcolm)

Learn to gauge your audience and how to recognise and manage taboo topics while learning confidence building/ fear smashing techniques. Learn about the comedy industry with Adelaide’s own Mad Dog Malcolm.


Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Kim Le)

Learn to write a strong open to your comedy set. Tonight students will also have the opportunity to refine some of their own writing, as well as learn about the open mic circuit with School of Hard Knock Knocks alumnus, Kim Le.


Day 4: Wednesday – The Heckler and The Closer (with Glynn Nicholas)

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 Glynn Nicholas, Mad Dog Malcolm & Kim Le)

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 Glynn Nicholas, Mad Dog Malcolm, and Kim Le. Receive your very own video of your performance.

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

Meet Your Teachers

Glynn Nicholas – Resident Comedy Coach

Glynn Nicholas is a comedy genius, in performing, writing, and producing. Made famous by his regular appearances on the ABC’s ‘The Big Gig’, and shortly after in his own time slot with ‘The Glynn Nicholas Show’, this is a man who can see the funny in even the most poignant and stressful situations. That’s why he believes the role of comedy is one of the most important jobs in the world. Most recently, Glynn was the main star of ‘Is This Thing On?‘, a documentary/reality TV show about 10 budding stand-up comedians, which will be released later in late 2018.

Listen to Glynn’s interview on the School of Hard Knock Knocks podcast episode here.

Mad Dog Malcolm (aka Gerry Masi) – Guest 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.

WATCH Mad Dog in action.

Kim Le – Returning Alumnus

Alumnus Kim Le might be relatively new on the comedy circuit, but he’s one of the hardest working open mic-ers. A medical doctor by day, and of Vietnamese ethnicity, Kim loves bouncing from Asian stereotypes in his set, providing a window into Vietnamese culture, and adding a touch of shock to keep the audience on their toes. Kim will be sharing his experience as an open mic-er in the Adelaide scene. 

WATCH his stand-up set.

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