August 27 – 31, 2017

Imperial, South Yarra

THE SCHOOL OF HARD KNOCK KNOCKS (SHKK) 5-evening stand-up comedy course runs from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from August 27 to 31. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from a 16 year veteran of the comedy circuit – Ben Horowitz, as well as guest comedians Steve Hughes and Chris Franklin.


Student and Concession – $280 + GST

Early Bird – $320 + GST (before August 11 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $450 + GST (2 people)

Full Fee – $560 + GST

Day 1 – Sunday: The Basics & Joke Structure yourself

Introduction to the basics of comedy, the jargon of the comedic industry, three different joke structures, before launching into the deep end with your very own mini set.

Day 2 – Monday: Preparation & Generating Content (with Steve Hughes)

Learn to gauge your audience and how to recognise and manage taboo topics creating new comedic material with guest comedian Steve Hughes.

Day 3 – Tuesday: Building Confidence & Delivery

Learn how to be more confident, open strongly, and deliver using volume, tone, speed and pauses.

Day 4 – Wednesday: Controlling a Room & The Close (with Chris Franklin)

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, with a healthy critique from comedy legend, Chris Franklin.


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 

The moment you have been working toward! Perform your own stand-up comedy routine in front of family and friends, conquer your fears and perform alongside Ben Horowitz, and two legends of comedy, Chris Franklin and Steve Hughes.

PLUS, you’ll get a video of your memorable performance.

For more information, email morry@schoolofhardknockknocks.com or call Morry at 1300 068 882.

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.

Steve Hughes – Guest Comedian

Steve Hughes is one of Australia’s greatest exports. An internally renowned stand-up comedy (and heavy metal drummer), Steve’s comedy is confronting, alarming, but always hilarious. Steve has been touring the  international comedy circuit for the past 10 years, performing throughout Europe, Australia, USA, Canada & New Zealand to rave reviews and sold out shows.

Most recently Steve wrote and performed his most personable and intimate show yet entitled “Nervous Breakthrough” and is currently performing selected shows around Australia and New Zealand.

WATCH stand-up set.

Chris Franklin – Guest Comedian

Chris Franklin is most famous for writing and performing the song “Bloke” (a bogan parody of Meredith Brooks’ feminist anthem “Bitch”), which was certified platinum, reached #1 on the ARIA Charts and was the twelfth biggest selling single in Australia in 2000. His TV credits include The Footy Show, Headliners, Recovery, Stand Up Australia & Good News Week (among others) and he is a well known comedian on the international comedy circuit.

WATCH stand-up set.

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