November 10 – 14, 2019

The Forresters, Surry Hills

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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 10 to 14, 2019. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from the resident comedian, Ben Horowitz, Raw Comedy winner Fady Kassab, as well as input from SHKK alumna, Christina Zheng.

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Student and Concession – $450 + GST

Early Bird – $500 + GST (before October 27 only)

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

Full Fee – $700 + GST

Day 1:  Sunday – The Basics & Finding yourself (with Ben Horowtiz)

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 Fady Kassab)

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 and Raw Comedy winner, Fady Kassab.


Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Christina Zheng)

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, with Christina Zheng.


Day 4: Wednesday – The Heckler and The Closer (with Ben Horowitz)

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 Ben Horowitz, Fady Kassab, and Christina Zheng)

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!

Learn stand-up comedy in Sydney - November - 2019

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

Meet Your Teachers

Ben Horowitz – Resident Teacher

Ben_Horowitz_headshotBen Horowitz has played every possible room imaginable, and some that are not. Over the past 15 years, Ben has performed to audiences as large as 3000, and as small as three. He’s performed at comedy clubs, RSL clubs, and music festivals, alongside comic greats, like Greg Fleet, Chris Franklin, Brad Oakes, and the Nelson Twins. He’s headlined and MCed, killing it on stage and also bombing. And that’s what makes Ben an ideal comedy teacher – he’s experienced the best and worst the comedy circuit has to offer.

Fady Kassab – Guest Comedian

Fady Kassab comedianLebanese-Australian Fady Ghassan Kassab won the 2019 Raw Comedy National Championship in Melbourne, beating 1000 other standup comedians taking part in the event. In this School of Hard Knock Knocks course, Fady will be sharing his comedy journey, giving advice, and also performing alongside the students at the graduation.

Christina Zheng – Returning Alumna

Christina Zheng comedianSydney-based comedian, Christina Zheng, is our returning alumna for the November course. Each course we invite a graduate of the school to share their experience with the next batch of graduates, and also pay them to perform as the ‘middle bracket’. This is part of the School of Hard Knock Knocks’ commitment to helping develop the comedy scene in Australia.

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