Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne

March 22 – 26, 2020

Imperial, South Yarra

9 spots left

(Until early bird price finishes)

Learn stand-up comedy over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from March 22 to 26, 2020. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, our complementary online course, video of your graduating performance, and loads of one-on-one coaching from our resident comedy coach, Brad Oakes, our returning alumnus, Alex Keen, and guest comedy coach, Just For Laughs comedian, Canadian Lars Callieou.

Book your spot and learn stand-up comedy


Student and Concession – $450 + GST

Early Bird – $500 + GST (before March 8 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $800 + GST (2 people)

Full Fee – $700 + 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 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, Canadian Lars Callieou, 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 alumna, Alex Keen.

Day 4: Wednesday – The Close and Graduation Preparation

Closing your set strong is this night’s goal, as well as putting the extra polish on tomorrow night’s graduation performance. This is where the chaos of writing is converted into a succinct 5-minute set.


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

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. Watch previous graduation videos by clicking here.

Learn stand-up comedy in Melbourne - March - 2020
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11:20 01 Nov 19
Took the class, Nov. 20 to 24. 2019, and was a great experience. Our class was performing and... getting feedback day one! The heavy focus is on performance, rehearsal, and feedback is a much better than courses where the focus heavy on writing. Whether you’re a seasoned standup or a newcomer the course has something for anyone. Cheers!read more
Anna Murphy
Anna Murphy
10:39 15 Sep 19
This course completely exceeded my expectations. For anyone that has ever thought “I reckon I... could do that”, but then thought “oh god I’m too scared... I can’t!”... you can! You can with this course ... and YOU WILL LOVE THE PROCESS! So supportive.. great to connect with new and established comedians! Well worth it! 👍😍👏👏read more
Brad Johnson
Brad Johnson
09:43 15 Sep 19
The School of Hard Knock Knocks has a great "Learn stand up comedy" course. I particularly like the... fact that at the end of the course you are performing. Graduating is not a good bye, but more of a welcome to the community where there are event and gig opportunities. If you're hesitating about doing comedy, just bite the bullet and take the course. It is really rewarding.read more
Gavin. Leadbetter
Gavin. Leadbetter
09:00 15 Sep 19
I attended the school of hard knock knocks in June 2019 and had the time of my life. My coaches,... the phenomenal Brad Oakes and returning alumni, Peter Murphy were not only supportive, but had a wealth of knowledge and experience they were more than happy to discuss with the group. Plus I got to perform with George kapiniaris on graduation night. The facilitator, Nathan Brown was helpful and, since graduation, has been very approachable with tips and suggestions on how to find success in the comedy circuit. If you are thinking about doing stand up and not sure how to begin, definitely give these guys a call.read more
Paul Williams
Paul Williams
23:06 01 Sep 19
Had a blast. Nathen and Anna were fantastic. Worth every cent. It’s great to be around people... who are all putting themselves out there. The love and support as well as the belief that the whole group gives you is a great first step on the comedy journeyread more
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Graduates of the School of Hard Knock Knocks also get the opportunity to perform at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and Sydney 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!

Meet Your Comedy Coaches

Brad Oakes – Resident Comedy Coach

Brad Oakes Comedian

The resident comedy coach is responsible for moving our nervous nobodies into confident comedians, throughout the five night course. This month the resident comedy coach is veteran comedian Brad Oakes. Brad is considered by many to be comedy royalty, and has over 29 years of stand-up comedy experience. He has performed on Australian classic comedy shows, which include The Comedy Company, Jimeoin, Full Frontal, and Hey Hey It’s Saturday, and is guaranteed to make any event, whether formal or informal, a hilarious night out.

Listen to Brad’s interview here.

Lars Callieou – Celebrity Guest Comedian

Comedian Lars Callieou

At each course the School of Hard Knock Knocks invites a celebrity comedian to share their years of experiences – the good and the bad. They also provide one-on-one advice to the students ahead of the graduation, at which point they perform together with the graduates! This month we have gone international, with Just for Laughs comedian, Canadian Lars Callieou.

Watch Lars perform here.

Alex Keen – Returning Alumna

Comedian Alex Keen

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the School of Hard Knock Knocks graduation. This month it’s the very talented Alex Keen. Alex was already performing stand-up prior to attending the School of Hard Knock Knocks, and since graduating he’s been prolific performing across Melbourne, as both a headliner and MC. He’s share his journey, and how he’s managed the politics that is the open mic scene.

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