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Learn stand-up comedy in Sydney

March 15 – 19, 2020

The Forresters, Surry Hills

12 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 January 19 to 23, 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, our returning alumnus, and guest comedy coach.

PRICES:

Student and Concession – $450 + GST

Early Bird – $500 + GST (before March 1 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, 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 alumnus.

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.

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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.

BONUS!

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

Resident Comedy Coach

Comedian To Be Announced

The resident comedy coach is responsible for moving our nervous nobodies into confident comedians, throughout the five night course. All coaches are veteran comedians, with years of experience.

Celebrity Guest Comedian

Comedian to be announced

The School of Hard Knock Knocks runs more than just a stand-up comedy course. We also get you connected to some of Australia’s top stand-up comedians, like Matt Okine, Cam Knight, Steve Hughes, Chris Franklin and Dave O’Neil – just to name a few. The celebrity comedian comes in on Monday and Thursday to coach and provide advice, based on their years of experience.

Returning Alumnus

Comedian to be announced

At each course we invite a previous graduate (alumni) to perform at the School of Hard Knock Knocks graduation. We also invite our returning alumnus to provide insights into the open mic comedy circuit, as well as their experiences performing at Australian comedy festivals around Australia.

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