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March 24 – 28, 2019

Imperial, South Yarra

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LEARN STAND-UP COMEDY over 5-evenings from Sunday to Thursday, 6.30 pm to 9.30 pm, from March 24 to 28, 2019. You’ll get the SHKK comedy manual, our complementary online course, video of your graduating performance, and lots of coaching from the SHKK co-founder, Ben Horowitz, and hilarious comedian, Brad Oakes, as well as input from SHKK alumnus, Jarryd Goundrey.

PRICES:

Student and Concession – $400 + GST

Early Bird – $450 + GST (before March 10 only)

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

Full Fee – $700 + GST

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

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 Brad Oakes)

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 Brad Oakes.

 

Day 3: Tuesday – The Opener (with Jarryd Goundrey)

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 alumnus, Jarryd Goundrey.

 

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.

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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 Ben Horowitz, Brad Oakes, and Jarryd Goundrey)

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 Brad Oakes, Ben Horowitz, and Jarryd Goundrey, to a paying audience.

School of Hard Knock Knocks - Learn stand-up comedy in March in Melbourne

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. Since 2001, 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.

WATCH Ben Horowitz perform.

Brad Oakes – Guest Comedian

Brad Oakes Comedian

Brad Oakes is an actor, writer and stand-up comedian, who has worked on Australia’s most iconic comedy TV shows, including Hey Hey It’s Saturday, Comedy Company, Jimeoin, and Full Frontal. He has been performing stand-up comedy since 1989, and has performed on Rove Live, Hey Hey It’s Saturday, and in his own shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has also directed other great comedians, including Corinne Grant, Lehmo, Geraldine Hickey and Harley Breen. Most recently, Brad was the guest comedian on the comedy documentary ‘Is This thing On?‘, to be aired in 2019.

WATCH Brad Oakes perform.

Jarryd Goundrey – Returning Alumnus

Jarryd Goundrey 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 March returning alumnus is Jarryd Goundrey. Since graduating from SHKK in 2017, Jarryd has become a regular face at open mic events, comedy festivals, and comedy roadshows. Jarryd is not afraid of challenging political correctness, dabble in make-believe, and engage with the audience. 

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