July 21 – 25, 2019

Imperial, South Yarra

(Time until course starts)

LEARN STAND-UP COMEDY over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from July 21 to 25, 2019. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, our complementary online course, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from Evan Hocking and the legendary Greg Fleet, as well as inside knowledge from SHKK alumna and recent Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) performer, Judy Stutz.

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Student and Concession – $450 + GST

Early Bird – $500 + GST (before July 7 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $800 + 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 guest comedian Greg Fleet)

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 the Greg Fleet.


Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Judy Stutz)

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 breaking into the paid comedy scene, and comedy festivals with School of Hard Knock Knocks alumna, Judy Stutz.


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 Greg Fleet, Evan Hocking, and Judy Stutz)

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 professional comedians, to a paying audience.

Learn stand-up comedy with Greg Fleet - Melbourne - July 2019

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

Meet Your Comedy Coaches

Evan Hocking – Resident Comedy Coach

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.

Greg Fleet – Guest Comedian

Greg Fleet Comedian

Greg Fleet’s onscreen and offscreen behaviour has made him the iconic bad boy of Australian comedy. While he had a guest appearance in The Flying Doctors, he is more notable for killing long-term Neighbours character, Daphne, in a car accident (*high five*).  Since then Greg has over 25 acting credits to his name and has been a regular on the stand-up circuit, having performed and appeared on Full Frontal, Rove Live and Spicks and Specks. More recently, he has teamed up with comedian Jim Jefferies and Alex Williamson in the Australian cult-classic underground zombie comedy film Me and My Mates vs the Zombie Apocalypse. Most recently, he was a guest comedy coach on ‘Is This Thing On?

WATCH his stand-up set.

Judy Stutz – Returning Alumna

Judy Stutz ComedianEvery month the School of Hard Knock Knocks invites an alumni to return and perform as the ‘middle bracket’, as well as share their experiences on the comedy circuit. The July returning alumna is Judy Stutz – one of the most recognisable open mic-ers on the Melbourne scene. Her bright red hair and infectious energy is a regular feature at rooms across the city, and Judy will be sharing her experiences, including her recent performance at the Melbourne International Comedy Show (MICF). 

Judy was also a star in ‘Is This Thing On?‘ – a documentary about 10 budding stand-up comedians getting coached by some of Australia’s funniest comedians. 

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