June 18 – 22, 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 June 18 to 22. 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 legendary comedians, Chris Franklin and Jeff Green.


Student and Concession – $280

Early Bird – $320 (before June 4 only)

Bring-a-Mate-Rate – $450 (2 people)

Full Fee – $560

Day 1 – Sunday: The Basics & Finding yourself

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 Jeff Green)

Learn to gauge your audience and how to recognise and manage taboo topics while learning confidence building/ fear smashing techniques. They’ll also receive mentoring from Jeff Green.

Day 3: Tuesday – The opener (with Chris Franklin)

Learn to write a strong open to your comedy set. Tonight students will also have the opportunity to refine some of their own writing with and get critiqued by Chris Franklin.

Day 4: Wednesday – The Heckler and The Closer

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 Jeff Green AND Chris Franklin)

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 Jeff Green, Chris Franklin, and Ben Horowitz. Plus receive a video of your performance to keep forever (or burn).

For more information, email morry@schoolofhardknockknocks.com or call Morry at 0448 347 888.

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.

Jeff Green – Guest Comedian

20 year veteran of comedy, Jeff Green is a UK TV celebrity, successful author and award winning comedian. His recent UK appearances include Celebrity Masterchef (twice) and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. He’s regarded by the Guardian as “one of the best comedians in the land” and this year, performed ‘Honestly!’ to mostly sold out shows at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival – receiving a 9/10 from In Review.

WATCH Jeff performing last year at the Melbourne Comedy Festival Gala

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 Chris perform on Stand-up Australia, and LISTEN to his podcast interview.

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