May 5 – 9, 2019

The Forresters, Surry Hills

(Time until course begins)

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 May 5 to 9, 2018. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from the resident comedian, Evan Hocking, our guest comedian, Julia Wilson, as well as input from SHKK alumna, Tim McIntyre.

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Student and Concession – $400 + GST

Early Bird – $450 + GST (before April 21 only)

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

Full Fee – $700 + GST

Day 1:  Sunday – The Basics & Finding yourself (with Evan Hocking)

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.


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

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 Wilson.


Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Tim McIntyre)

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 in Sydney.


Day 4: Wednesday – The Heckler and The Closer (with Evan Hocking)

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 Evan Hocking, Julia Wilson, and Tim McIntyre)

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 our guest comedian, Julia Wilson, Evan Hocking, and Tim McIntyre, to a paying audience.

Learn stand-up comedy in Sydney in May 2019

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

Meet Your Teachers

Evan Hocking – Resident Teacher

Evan Hocking is one of the few ‘nice guys’ of the stand-up comedy biz. A cross between Dave Hughes and Dave O’Neil, Evan is a regular comedian on the Australian circuit, regularly performing alongside Chris Franklin and the Nelson Twins.

Evan is a patient and generous comedy coach, supporting the growth of our comedy newbies over the five day course.

Julia Wilson – Guest Comedian

Julia Wilson Comedian

It’s fair to say that Julia Wilson is not afraid of conflict – both verbal and physical. Prior to her 17 year career as a stand-up comedian, Julia was a truckie, a bouncer and bodyguard. More recently, she’s also got into NFL, American Football, and in a big way too! She’s quite possibly the toughest woman in comedy. She’s also hilarious, and has performed her straight forward comedy around the world.

Listen to her podcast interview.

Tim McIntyre – Returning Alumnus

Tim McIntyre comedianSydney-based comedian and School of Hard Knock Knocks alumni, Tim McIntyre, is our returning alumnus for May. Last year Tim performed in his own three-man show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, featuring another School of Hard Knock Knocks alumnus, Jake Freeman. From that experience, as well as performing around Sydney, he’s built a level of experience that is useful for new comedians. Tim also happens to be one of the most loveable stand-up comedians around.

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