November 24 – 28, 2019

The Duke of Brunswick, Adelaide

Only 8 spots left

(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 November 24 to 28, 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, Marc Ryan (aka The Beautiful Bogan), as well as input from our SHKK alumnus, Paul Young.

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Student and Concession – $450 + GST

Early Bird – $500 + GST (before November 10 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $800 + 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 Marc Ryan)

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, Marc Ryan.


Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Paul Young)

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, Melbourne International Comedy Festival,  and life after graduation with alumnus Paul Young.


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 physical manual AND online course access, 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, Marc Ryan, and Paul Young)

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.

Comedy Festivals AustraliaBONUS!

Graduates of the School of Hard Knock Knocks also get the opportunity to perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival, as part of ‘The Best Of’ show, produced every year. Be part of a life changing experience AND get paid for the privilege!

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

Meet Your Teachers

Gerry Masi – Resident Comedy Coach

Gerry Masi 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.

Marc Ryan – Guest Comedian

Marc Ryan ComedianMarc Ryan aka The Beautiful Bogan is Adelaide’s own home grown northern ‘burbs bogan. Since setting foot on stage in 2011, Marc’s comedy career has taken off. During 2014 Marc won both the Adelaide Comedy Lehmo’s Award and the South Australian Raw Comedy competition. This in turn landed Marc in the National Raw Comedy Finals at Melbourne’s International Comedy Festival. As a result of his performance, Marc was given the accolade of having delivered “the night’s best joke” by the Herald Sun. In 2015 Marc won Dave Grant Comedy Award and went on to write and perform two successful Fringe Shows each earning him 4.5 star reviews.

Paul Young – Returning Alumnus

Paul Young ComedianEach course the School of Hard Knock Knocks invites a graduate to return to perform as our ‘Returning Alumnus’. They also get paid! This month that talented alumnus is Paul Young. Since completing our stand-up comedy course in 2018, Paul has performed at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and even at Punchlines Comedy Club.

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